Manchester United and Arsenal fans were hoping Saul Niquez would be announcing a transfer to their club today but the Atletico Madrid midfielder’s social media tease proved to be a commercial stunt.
Saul has been strongly linked with a summer move to the Premier League with Old Trafford and the Emirates his most likely destination.
On Sunday the 25-year-old tweeted: “New club. I’ll announce it in three days.”
Saul instead used the hype to confirm he had set up a new football team called Club Costa City in his hometown of Elche.
The Atletico star, alongside his brother Aaron, will bring together more than 30 teams and more than 500 players between four and 18 years old.
United have been long-term admirers of Saul and are in the market for a similar players this summer.
Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Jude Bellingham have all been placed on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shortlist.
But Saul would also be considered a suitable candidate should Atletico be willing to accept a fee below his £100million release clause.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has a wealth of knowledge about his fellow Spaniard and will look to add strength to his squad when the window reopens.
It is unclear if he will try to tempt the La Liga star to north London or look elsewhere.
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Spanish football expert Guillem Balague had warned supporters not to get too excited over the announcement.
He said on his YouTube channel: “By the way there’s no information, nobody knows what it is, apart from the people involved of course, but it’s pretty obvious in my eyes, well that’s what I think.
“First of all, he’s a big Atletico Madrid fan, or he feels very close to the club.
“He has renewed his contract despite having interest from others. He will always tell the club if he’s leaving but that will be at the right time if he leaves.
“Do you think he will put a post on Twitter saying that he’s going to another club? Doesn’t that sound to you like a bit of a commercial exercise of some kind? It does to me. I may be completely wrong but it sounds to me like a big commercial thing.
“That’s not how Saul does things, that’s not how Saul does things. Atletico Madrid will tell you they don’t expect anything because he’s not leaving.
“So I think I answered that there. But it has kept you busy and yes some media are mentioning Manchester United etc. We will see on Wednesday.”
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