Chelsea agree bargain loan deal with Atlético Madrid for Saúl Ñíguez
Here we go
Chelsea have reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid over the transfer of Saúl Ñíguez, on a one-year loan with an option to buy in the summer of 2022.
Saúl's form at Atlético has taken a dip over the past year, which led to the midfielder being left out of Luis Enrique's Euro 2020 squad, while his teammates Koke and Marcos Llorente were called up to represent Spain.
Reports linking Saúl with an exit have been around for a while, with both Manchester clubs potential suitors, but Chelsea have won the race to sign the 26-year-old.
A week ago, it was reported that Chelsea had been offered Saúl on loan, with the European Champions looking for a fourth central midfielder after loaning out Billy Gilmour.
And just hours before the deadline, Chelsea and Atlético have agreed a deal, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.
Saúl to Chelsea, HERE WE GO! Agreement reached for €5m loan from Atletico Madrid. Personal terms agreed. Saúl will be in London soon to sign the contract. 🔵🤝 #CFC #DeadlineDay
Final details and the deal will be announced. Difficult deal but finally set to be completed. pic.twitter.com/3Jq5e3JwXE
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
Sky Sports report that Chelsea will pay €5 million for the initial year before negotiating a bigger fee next summer if they want to keep the player permanently.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 31, 2021
Chelsea's loan army generals have also been busy sending players out, with Ethan Ampadu reportedly heading to newly promoted Serie A side Venezia.