They got it when Villa was transferred to Atlético Madrid
One of the trendy players in La Liga is Saúl Ñíguez. Atlético Madrid midfielder was one of the best players in the victory against Real Madrid last Saturday and scored a goal in the win vs Real Sociedad this Tuesday. This season he has scored 7 goals in 32 matches and is the 9th most used player for Simeone. Aged 21, he showed he is one of the most promising players in Atlético for his technical qualities, sacrifice and versatility.
Many European teams have showed interest for this player and he has declined a renewal offer from Atlético as he considered it didn't meet expectations. The player renewed last season, with a €45 million clause, but after good performances made Atlético do some movements.
In this context, FC Barcelona haven't showed any public interest for Saúl. However, after Villa's transfer to Atlético, both clubs agreeded to sign a preferential rights contract on Saúl and Manquillo. So Barça could be in a good position if Saúl decides to leave Atlético.