Chelsea are reportedly making another late bid to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez on a loan deal.
According to reports, Chelsea is making a last-minute bid to sign Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid before the transfer deadline. As the clock approaches 11 p.m., the Blues are still attempting to complete their tasks.
Romelu Lukaku remains the club’s only major signing of the transfer window, having returned to Stamford Bridge for a fee of £97.5 million earlier this month. Marcus Bettinelli, the club’s third-choice goalkeeper, has also arrived to compete with Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arizzabalaga.
Chelsea has attempted to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde but appears to be running into roadblocks. The Frenchman has a release clause of around £60 million, and the La Liga club is looking for an offer close to that figure. However, the West Londoners are reportedly still interested in Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul.
According to The Athletic, Blues sporting director Marina Granovskaia is ‘actively working on’ a deal to bring the Spaniard to the club on a short-term basis. Last season, Saul helped Diego Simeone’s team win the Spanish top flight, finishing ahead of both Barcelona and rival Real Madrid. However, the 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from the club from which he graduated.
Manchester United and Liverpool have both been linked to Saul, but it appears that Chelsea has jumped to the front of the line. It’s unclear how he’d fit into Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3, with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic already vying for the two central midfield spots.
Thomas Tuchel promised not to make drastic changes to his squad after winning the Champions League in May, capping off an excellent five months in charge.
Lukaku is his only significant signing during that period, and he has performed admirably since joining from Inter Milan. Tuchel stated last week that he would be satisfied with his squad even if no new players were added. He insisted, however, that he would welcome newcomers because he has one of the division’s smallest squads. It remains to be seen whether the club will be able to complete a deal for Saul this evening.
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