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Chelsea star extremely likely to move back to La Liga giants

Deadline day of the summer’s transfer market saw Chelsea finalise a one-year loan deal for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

However, in spite of arriving in England with a huge reputation, the versatile midfielder’s time in the country’s capital, thus far, has fallen way short of expectations.

Although the west Londoners are said to have successfully negotiated an option to purchase Saul at the end of the term for around £34m, according to the latest reports, manager Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to activate the clause.

That’s according to a fresh report from La Razon, who states the Champions League winners are thinking about sending Niguez back to Los Rojiblancos once his loan comes to an end.

Having played in just three matches, across all competitions, so far this campaign, it’s becoming increasingly more apparent that he’s struggling to convince the Gemrna that he is worthy of a place in the midfield.

Interestingly, the same outlet has also noted that despite Saul’s disappointing form, the Blues are still interested in a new midfielder to their ranks and one name they are interested in is Inter Milan contract rebel Marcelo Brozovic.

His deal runs out next year, which would mean that should the Croatia international fail to extend his deal, he’d be free to agree on a pre-contract with a foreign team as early as January 2022.

Chelsea will not pay €40m for Atletico Madrid loanee next year

Chelsea completed midfielder Saul Niguez’s signing in the last stages of the summer transfer market.

The Blues took the Spaniard on a loan deal from Atletico Madrid, with an option to make the player’s stay permanent at the end of this term.

He has been on the field for 146 minutes, which came from three games for the west London club.

The 26-year-old star is yet to make an appearance in the PL since featuring in his side’s win against Aston Villa on September 11th.

Saul left the La Liga champions in order to try a fresh experience, but things haven’t gone as expected with Chelsea.

That is according to the Spanish daily newspaper La Razon, who also states that the current situation would make it difficult for the UEFA Champions League winners to exercise the purchase option set at €40 million.

This is not the only reason, as the report goes on to say that Thomas Tuchel’s side want to land Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatian’s current deal runs down in 2022 and he is in talks with Inter Milan regarding a renewal.

For now, everything indicates Niguez will return to Los Rojiblnacos since Chelsea have no intention of signing him outright.

Now-Chelsea player could have ended up at Man City this summer

Manchester City were reportedly offered the chance to land Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid this summer’s transfer window before the Spain international eventually signed for Chelsea on loan on transfer deadline day.

The 26-year-old joined the Blues late on deadline day, sealing a season-long loan with Chelsea having an option to make his move permanent one for £30m at the end of the season.

Manager Thomas Tuchel was delighted to add the player to his hugely impressive roster, but it could have been very different if Citizens chief Pep Guardiola had been keen on the star.

The Daily Star claim that Manchester City were approached by Los Rojiblancos with a proposition to swap Niguez for Bernardo Silva in a player-plus-cash move.

The Portuguese was available for transfer this transfer window but the deal was of no interest to the Premier League giants.

They were looking for £40 million for the Portuguese midfielder, while Pep was reportedly not keen on adding Saul to his squad, so the proposed deal was never going to get off the ground.

This made it much more straight forward for the Blues to get their own deal done and now Niguez will be competing for a place in Thomas’ starting XI against Aston Villa next weekend.

Pundit surprised that Man Utd made no approach for Spain international

Manchester United missed out to league rivals Chelsea on the ‘deal of the window’ in spite of signing the Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

That is the view of former England shot-stopper Paul Robinson, who is surprised the Red Devils did not go all out for midfielder Saul Niguez.

Both clubs were linked with the Atletico Madrid man during the summer transfer market but it was the west Londoners who firmed up their interest and sealed a loan deal on deadline day.

United have not done too badly though with Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho arriving through the door.

‘Chelsea have pulled off the deal of the window in Saul Niguez because he is a world-class player,’ Paul told Football Insider.

‘I am very surprised that Man United didn’t push harder for him. They could really do with a player like him.

‘£34million with a small loan fee to start with? That is the deal of the window by a long way and I think United have missed out.’

Meantime, Ronaldo will be hoping to lead the line though when the club welcome Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Saturday, September 11.

After getting booked in his country’s 2-1 win over Ireland on Wednesday night Ronaldo is now suspended for next week’s World Cup qualifier versus Azerbaijan meaning Cristiano could return to training sooner than planned.

26-year-old midfielder opens up on his decision to sign for Chelsea

Saul Niguez says the chance to play in the middle of the pitch once again was key in his decision to sign for Chelsea.

He joined Thomas Tuchel’s side in the final hours of the summer transfer market on Tuesday, arriving on a one-year loan deal with the option to buy.

In spite of Atletico’s league success last season, the Spain international endured an underwhelming campaign where he struggled for playing time in his favoured midfield role.

The Spaniard hopes to earn minutes operating in his preferred no8 role at Stamford Bridge this term.

‘The only negative was not playing in my position [at Atletico],’ Niguez said on his Twitch channel.

‘I could not show what I would like. I had a block in my head that did not allow me to play in another role. Chelsea’s option was to leave my comfort zone. It won’t be easy to get into that team.

‘At Chelsea I will train in my position. Then we will see if I play. That is the biggest cause of my decision. I want to go to Chelsea, try the experience and then see what happens.

‘Personally, I want to go back to being the Saul that I want to see. I don’t want to see the Saul that you’ve seen these last two years. I was very frustrated not being able to show people what I am capable of.’

Official: Atletico midfielder makes temporary move to Chelsea

Chelsea have completed a last-minute deal to take midfielder Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the campaign.

The Blues will pay an initial loan sum of around £3.4m and have the option to buy the 26-year-old star outright for £30m (€35m) in one year’s time.

Thomas Tuchel had been intent on bolstering his midfield options to boost the club’s title hopes for the season ahead and Niguez adds yet more quality to a roster already boasting the likes of Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mason Mount.

He is one of just two new first-team players through the doors at Stamford Bridge this summer, following striker Romelu Lukaku’s club-record £97.5m move from Inter Milan last month.

Niguez slipped down the pecking order under Diego Simeone as Los Rojiblancos won the La Liga title for the first time since 2014 last season and all parties were in agreement over a move to west London.

Chelsea fans were made to wait for confirmation of the player’s temporary move and an official announcement didn’t arrive until just before midnight, with sides given an hour after the deadline to submit all of the necessary paperwork.

‘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!’ he told Chelsea’s website.

La Liga star closing in on eye-catching move to Chelsea

Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has been touted with a transfer to just about every top six PL side over the course of the summer.

Originally Liverpool-bound, the Spaniard was then the subject of serious interest from Manchester United, but with just hours of the market left – Chelsea appear to be leading the hunt for his signature.

As per AS via Sport Witness, the Blues have been in discussions with the La Liga club over a move for the 26-year-old in the latest weeks and talks have now entered the ‘very hot’ stage.

Saul is said to be desperate to leave Los Rojiblancos after falling out of favour under manager Diego Simeone, in spite of the fact he penned a huge nine-year deal four years ago that still has five years left to run.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are open to the idea of taking him on loan, though the hold up in talks stems from the two clubs debating over whether an option or obligation to buy would be attached the deal.

A recent Goal report stated that Saul has been offered to the west Londoners on loan with an option to buy set at in between £34m and £40m.

Chelsea steal march on league rivals to sign Spanish midfielder

Chelsea have reportedly overtaken Manchester United in the race to land Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

The Spanish giants have put both the Blues and the Red Devils on alert after deciding to allow the player to leave the club before the end of the transfer market.

Atletico are open to letting the player leave the club on loan for the campaign and include an option to buy as part of the deal.

Earlier this week, reports in Spain stated that United were ahead of Thomas Tuchel’s side in their efforts to snap up Saul, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interested in recruiting a new central midfielder.

But according to The Telegraph, the west Londoners have entered negotiations with Los Rojiblancos and are exploring a similar deal to the one the club agreed for Mateo Kovacic, who initially signed on a one-year loan from Real Madrid before Chelsea exercise £40m purchase option.

The report states that Chelsea view Niguez as a player who can provide competition for Mateo, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho but the deal depends on their ability to offload Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley.

The Old Trafford outfit are in a similar position to the Blues in their pursuit of Saul as Solskjaer must also trim his roster in order to accommodate the Spain international.

Atletico Madrid man could subject of Man Utd offer worth at least £34m

Manchester United have been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, in the summer transfer market and now, there is new information about the transfer saga as per claims coming from the Spanish press.

According to a recent report from AS, the all-around midfielder’s future at Wanda Metropolitano has been up in the air for a while and he could end up leaving in August.

The sports newspaper have mentioned that Premier League sides have knocked on the door to acquire the services of the 26-year-old Spaniard, whose current deal at the club will expire in 2026.

It is claimed that at first, Liverpool were considering an offer worth €40 million for him but then, the Red Devils arrived. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are prepared to bid more than €40 million (£34.3 million).

Then, a swap deal with Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann failed and now the latest twist in the transfer saga is that Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea could move in to snap him up.

AS claim that after signing Romelu Lukaku, the west Londoners are contemplating whether to land a central defender in the form of Jules Kounde or to improve the midfield zone by capturing Niguez.

Chelsea step up interest in unwanted Atletico Madrid midfielder

Chelsea are reportedly planning a last-ditch loan swoop for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

The Blues have already completed an eye-catching signing this month by signing Romelu Lukaku in a £97.5 million deal from the Italian side Inter Milan.

Chelsea have targeted Sevilla star Jules Kounde this summer but are looking to sell Kurt Zouma to West Ham before the club press ahead with that deal.

But according to a recent report from a British daily newspaper The Telegraph, the west Londoners are also exploring the possibility of a late effort to land Niguez from Los Rojiblancos.

However, the report states that Chelsea’s bid to sign him hinges on whether the Blues can trim Thomas Tuchel’s other midfield variants who are not part of the senior team plans.

It’s understood that the La Liga side were willing to allow the player to leave if their €45 million (£38 million) valuation was met.

Saul has played in both of his side’s games in the new La Liga season thus far and the Spanish winners have registered wins versus Celta Vigo and Elche.

Chelsea, meantime are still looking to offload multiple fringe players before the transfer market closes.