Chelsea “discuss late loan for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez”
Chelsea are considering a late loan in the transfer window for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, but must offload the players first, according to reports.
The Blues have made a statement regarding their Premier League title intentions by spending £ 98million on Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored in his second Chelsea debut against Arsenal on Sunday.
Sportsmail revealed this week that Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Saul who suffered a tumultuous transfer window to Spain, after being considered by Atleti in a loan swap deal with Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann earlier this summer.
Chelsea consider late loan for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, reports show
The Blues must move players such as Tiemoue Bakayoko (right) and Danny Drinkwater (left)
But according to The Telegraph, Chelsea can only act for the Spain midfielder if the Blues downsize their squad.
The report says Atleti is set to sell for around £ 38million this summer, but a loan deal could also be reached.
Full-back Davide Zappacosta joins Atalanta on a first loan towards a permanent £ 8million deal, while striker Ike Ugbo joins Genk for £ 5million.
Chelsea are also set to grant another AC Milan loan for Tiemoue Bakayoko while the club also consider outings for midfielders Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater in the final week of the transfer window.
Saul played 33 times for Atleti last season as Diego Simeone’s side won the La Liga title
Saul, meanwhile, made 33 league appearances last season as Atletico Madrid claimed the La Liga title ahead of rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, he was not selected by Luis Enrique for Spain’s Euro 2020 squad earlier this summer.
The midfielder has a buyout clause from the Spanish club for £ 128million, but growing financial pressure at Atleti means they are ready to sell one of their main midfielders at a reduced price.
Sportsmail has revealed Manchester United have long been interested in Saul while the 26-year-old was offered to Barcelona and Juventus this summer.
The 26-year-old midfielder is also being chased by Manchester United this summer
Chelsea, meanwhile, are set to close a deal for Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde, as Thomas Tuchel plans to strengthen his squad further.
However, the Blues need the sale of Kurt Zouma to West Ham, a transfer which is on hold due to the Frenchman’s wage demands.
A fee of £ 26million had been agreed for Zouma to move on to the Hammers, who dominate the Premier League after two games, but the France international wants £ 125,000 a week. Sevilla’s Kounde is valued at £ 68million and Chelsea have to sell to fund a move.