Chelsea ‘actively working to sign Saul Niguez’ with deal now back in the works and ‘all round optimism he will join’ from Atletico Madrid ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline
- Chelsea target Saul Niguez has been told he can’t move to Stamford Bridge
- The 26-year-old has been linked with a loan transfer to the European champions
- However, Atlético Madrid has chosen not to let the Spaniard leave
- It’s one of two setbacks Thomas Tuchel’s side has endured this summer window
- Sevilla have upped the valuation of defender Jules Koude by £13 million
Chelsea are reportedly still working on a deal to bring in Saul Niguez before the transfer window closes, while the Blues are optimistic they can finally seal the deal in a dramatic turn of events.
A loan spell from the Spaniard appeared to be over in the past 48 hours, with Atlético Madrid deciding to keep the midfielder for the 2021-22 season.
The LaLiga champions are said to have informed the 26-year-old that he cannot leave the club for Chelsea in what appeared to have ended Chelsea’s pursuit once and for all.
Chelsea’s move for Saul Niguez looks set to continue in the final hours of the window
However, the athletic one reports there is still a chance Chelsea will get their man, with the club actively working to sign Saul before the window closes at 11pm tonight.
Saul is understood to be keen to move to Stamford Bridge as he wants to regain his place in the Spanish squad, and the outlet claims Chelsea have high hopes that they can close a deal.
The 26-year-old was not selected by Luis Enrique for the national team at the European Championship and missed again for the upcoming international break and a fresh start at Chelsea would give Saul the chance to prove his worth to Enrique.
Atletico are trying to move some of their younger players on Deadline Day, but don’t want to lose key older players before the window closes. Saul is seen as such a key player by the club’s hierarchy and Diego Simeone.
The 26-year-old is strongly linked with a move to Thomas Tuchel’s European kings
Atlético Madrid want to keep their man and had told him he can’t leave the club
However, the talks between Chelsea (photo: director Marina Granovskaia) are on again
Chelsea are trying to salvage two deals that seemed to go wrong in recent days. The European champion’s move for Sevilla defender Jules Kunde also hit an obstacle after the LaLiga club shifted the goalposts.
The Blues had agreed a £43 million fee for the French defender, but reports suggest Sevilla have now raised the valuation of the 22-year-old by a further £12.8 million.
Sevilla are firmly committed to their new prize for Kounde, with sporting director Monchi urging on Tuesday that the Frenchman will not leave for less than his £68.5million escape clause.
However, Chelsea are adamant they won’t be bullied into living up to their newfound valuation as the clubs are at a deadlock with just a few hours left.
Missing Saul and Kunde will be a blow to Thomas Tuchel, who is looking to bolster his team in their attack on the Premier League title.
It’s one of the Blues’ two hits, with the Jules Koude deal also in the ropes