Atletico Madrid Offer Saul Niguez To Chelsea

The Spanish midfielder has been offered to Premier League giants and could be an option for Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea were offered Saul Niguez by Atletico Madrid, with Thomas Tuchel considering an additional midfielder this summer.

The 26-year-old player can be offered on a temporary basis with a loan fee, and this option is considered more attractive to him The Blues rather than a permanent transfer.

Atleti have a good relationship with Chelsea and want to reduce their salary burden to fund the purchase of Hertha Berlin star Matheus Cunha.

The 2020/21 season was tough for Saul even though Diego Simeone’s men won La Liga, the Spanish midfielder lost the competition at starting XI by Wanda Metropolitano.

He is no longer needed The Colchoneros and his agent is trying to find a way out by targeting Europe’s top clubs this summer.

Saul is paid €7 million per year by Atleti and that salary must be paid by the loan club.

Saul’s contract comes with a release clause of up to €150 million, but Chelsea could negotiate a purchase option of up to €45 million, if they pursue this transfer.

Chelsea could give the go-ahead for Saul’s loan, although they are in the midst of trying to get some back-up, with Tuchel not too worried about the size of their squad.

Several players who were on loan last season are still at Stamford Bridge at the start of the 2021/22 season, but the club is confident it can and will release them before the transfer window closes.

The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu trained with the first squad but it looks like they could be back on loan.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater trained separately and used the academy building at Cobham Training Centre.

Bakayoko’s fate is being determined, with Chelsea discussing a loan with an option to buy with AC Milan.

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Chelsea are also in talks about the contract of Trevoh Chalobah, who excelled in pre-season and early in the season, while Ike Ugbo is undergoing a medical at Genk on August 24 local time despite Marseille’s interest.

The Blues will receive €3.5 million for Ugbo, plus €2 million if Genk qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Apart from that, Chelsea are still in negotiations with Sevilla defender Jules Kunde, but that could all depend on the future of Kurt Zouma, who West Ham is eyeing.

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