The clause, Barça's preferential rights and 40% of their rights to an investment fund
Saúl was the protagonist of Champions League semifinal between Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich scoring a great goal to Guardiola's team. The 21-year-old midfielder had already been considered the breakout player in La Liga, and in the European matches vs Barça and Bayern Munich he is showing that he can be one of the important footballers in the future.
That's why some important clubs, like Manchester United, have already asked for the contractual situation of Saúl. But it turns out that FC Barcelona have preferential rights on the player. These are the three conditions to try to sign Saúl Ñíguez, who has scored 9 goals and have assisted 4 times in 44 matches this season.
Termination clause and negotiating renewal
Saúl renewed his contract with Atlético Madrid less than a year ago, but he is already negotiating another expand. On May 5, 2015, he signed a five-year contract with a termination clause of €45 million. After his performance in the last months, the player would like an important improvement of his salary and became one of the best-paid players in the squad.
Barça's preferential rights
As Weloba reported one month ago, Barça have preferential rights on Saúl since they transferred Villa at Atlético Madrid in 2013. The Blaugrana club sold the striker for only €2.1 million but Barça won rights on two promising players: Saúl and Manquillo, the last one on loan at Olympique Marseille. If a team presents an offer for Saúl, Barça will have to be informed and will have the right to equalize the offer.
40% of his rights are owned by an investment fund
In 2011, an Irish investment fund (Quality Football Ireland Europe - ISC) paid €1.5 million to Atlético Madrid for 40% of the rights of Saul. If there is an offer for the midfielder, the Madrid club have five days to inform ISC about the offer and the decision to be taken. If the company likes the offer but the club don't, Atlético will have to pay 40% of the transfer to ISC.