Chelsea’s move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is officially confirmed. Chelsea have worked incredibly hard to get this deal completed with Atletico for The 26 year old, who wants the move to Stamford Bridge. The Blues have agreeded on a loan with an option to buy with Atletico. Chelsea will pay €5m to Atletico Madrid for Saúl – he’ll be in England in the coming hours to complete his move. Paperworks time between the two clubs.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was said to be keen on securing the services of the LaLiga-winning star before the transfer window closes day, and now his wishes have been fulfilled. The Atleti academy graduate was utilised in a number of different positions last season, including left back, which ultimately culminated in him losing his spot in Spain manager Luis Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020. Keen for a new challenge at a club where could establish himself back as a first-choice midfielder, Ateltico were believed to be open to the idea of Saul departing to the Premier League, initially on loan. The midfielder previously looked likely to be involved in a swap deal with Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann, but with his final option of Chelsea which has worked out, he is set to make his move to London.
Manchester United have also being linked with a move for Saul, the Red Devils have already signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho this transfer window and there has been rumours they will add a new central midfielder to their ranks. However, it has also being reported that United “shelved” their interest in Saul – alongside Ruben Neves and Eduardo Camavinga who signed to Real Madrid last night – as it has emerged that Paul Pogba will stay at Old Trafford.
“If he has to leave, [I’ll] give him a big hug, wish him the best with the boys who gave us life and to continue being friends, as always. Either to Barcelona or elsewhere,” Simeone said earlier in the summer. “Last season he spoke with the club, with us about his needs and what he spoke about was the option of having a position on the pitch where he feels more important. “And I consider that Saul became Saul by playing everywhere, but he or many of those around him see it as something negative.”