Sociedad drop United Nihat hint
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Atletico Madrid have become the latest team to be linked with a swoop for Nihat who has been in scintillating form for Real this term.
The 23-year-old has netted 17 goals as Sociedad have made a surprising push for the Primera title, and Atletico have now joined United and Barcelona on his list of admirers.
However, Astiazaran insists he has no desire to lose the hit-man who only joined the club from Besiktas last summer.
"Nihat is not for sale, but rather than strengthening a rival from our league I would choose to transfer him to Manchester United," said the Sociedad chief.
United reportedly despatched senior representatives at Sociedad's recent Liga clash with Barcelona.
'Los Rojiblancos' are already planning their squad reinforcements for next season, despite the fact that it looks unlikely that current coach Luis Aragones will still be at the helm then.
Atletico are on the verge of sealing an agreement which will see Basel forward Hakan Yakin join them next season, and have also set their sights on both Nihat and Sporting Lisbon's Ricardo Quaresma, another Manchester United target.