Chelsea have agreed to sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid on loan in a deadline day transfer. The two teams reached a total agreement for the transfer on Tuesday night and are working to make sure the deal is completed by the 11 pm deadline.
The 26-year-old has been rumoured to make a move to the Premier League for a while now. Manchester United were holding a long-standing interest in his signature over recent windows.
However, Chelsea emerged as serious contenders this summer. Despite reports earlier suggesting that the deal had collapsed, they have now successfully brought Saul to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea present new challenge for Saul Niguez
Chelsea will pay a £3,400,000 loan fee and will have the option to make it permanent for £30,000,000 next summer. Saul is keen to move to the Premier League but will not be flying to London on Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old was part of Diego Simeone’s title-winning side last season. The midfielder came through the academy after joining at age 13. He made over 300 appearances for Atletico since breaking into the first team as a 17-year-old in 2012.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia believes that a player like Saul Niguez is well-suited to the Blues’s upcoming challenges this season. She says : “We welcome Saul to the club and believe he completes our squad as we compete for honours in five different competitions this season”
Speaking to Chelseafc.com, Saul said: “I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea. Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can’t wait to wear the shirt, start training and see all of you. See you soon!“
Atletico boss Diego Simeone informed Saul that he was allowed to leave to seek a new challenge elsewhere. This came in the form of him joining Chelsea on loan and getting to experience Premier League life.
Saul Niguez becomes Chelsea’s third signing of the summer, behind Lukaku and Bettinelli. Meanwhile, Ethan Ampadu has extended his stay at Stamford Bridge to 2024 and moves out on a season-long loan to Serie A newcomers Venezia.
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