Chelsea will sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez on a season-long loan, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed. And we have discovered that Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea manager, was instrumental in reviving talks for Saul after initial failure. So, after head coach Thomas Tuchel, with his efforts, facilitated this breaking football transfer, Saul moves to Chelsea on loan.
After some protracted negotiations with Atletico Madrid, Saul Niguez’s move to Chelsea was hanging in the balance for several days.
Finally, the two parties, the Spanish club and Chelsea, reached an agreement on Tuesday, just hours before the transfer deadline.
And they almost reached an agreement too, a few days ago. Indeed, the two parties only needed to iron out the inclusion of either an option or an obligation to buy.
However, these advanced talks came to a halt when Saul expressed concerned about his potential game time at Stamford Bridge.
Further, Atletico Madrid also became hesitant to approve the loan unless Chelsea conceded to including an obligation to buy Saul.
The Rojiblancos then stated that they would not do business with Chelsea until they found a replacement for the 26-year-old. And their preferred target was Paris Saint-Pablo Germain’s Pablo Sarabia.
Breaking Football Transfer – Saul Moves to Chelsea on Loan
Now however, Saul Niguez has officially joined Chelsea on a loan for one season from Atletico Madrid.
Eventually, therefore, the two clubs arrived at a late agreement. So, Saul will continue to play in west London for the rest of the new 2021-22 season.
Between the Blues and Atletico, Chelsea reportedly got their way. The two parties settled for a €35 million option to buy, an option, not an obligation, as Atletico Madrid desired.
Meanwhile, the Blues will pay an initial loan fee of €5 million for Saul’s services. They now expect the player to arrive in the English capital, London, at Stamford Bridge, soon to finalize terms.