Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez on a season-long mortgage from Atletico Madrid after submitting the paperwork minutes earlier than Tuesday’s switch date.
A transfer for the 26-year-old had been within the air for a variety of days, however Thomas Tuchel’s private intervention and a breakthrough in talks forward of the transition deadline on Tuesday paved the way in which for a deal to be struck.
We are completely happy to welcome @saulniguez to the membership on a season mortgage! ✍️ # HolaSaul ??
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 31 August 2021
Saul joins Chelsea in the course of the remainder of the 2021/22 marketing campaign, the place the Blues pays the Spanish membership a mortgage price of 5 million euros and an choice to purchase for about 40 million euros subsequent summer season.
An settlement had been in place virtually a number of days in the past, however the two sides doubted whether or not an choice or obligation to purchase can be included within the mortgage, with Chelsea preferring the previous. 90 minutes revealed that the participant himself was additionally skeptical of his possibilities for normal enjoying time at Stamford Bridge, however Tuchel personally intervened to guarantee him that he would get a truthful crack in the primary crew.
Blue’s negotiators additionally obtained their opinion on the character of the switch clause by paying the mortgage price to Atleti, so the membership can select whether or not to alter it completely at the top of the season.
Speaking on the journey, the Spanish nationwide crew participant stated: “I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea. Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can not wait to wear the jersey, start training and see you all … See you soon! “
In an official membership assertion, Chelsea boss Marina Granovskaia added: “We welcome Saul to the club and believe he will complete our squad as we compete for awards in five different competitions this season.
“He is a confirmed winner, a participant with a number of expertise and we all know that he will probably be very compatible to the challenges we face on all fronts in the approaching 12 months.”
Tuchel had been keen to add another central midfielder to his squad to compete with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, and the need for the new arrival became more pressing after an ankle injury to the former in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday.
Saul will probably be Chelsea’s third signing of the summer season after Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Bettinelli. They had hoped to signal Jules Kounde as effectively, however that deal is closed and is not going to happen this summer season.