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Chelsea keeping tabs on Saúl Ñíguez situation; Fiorentina want Bakayoko — reports

One midfielder in, one midfielder out?

Real Valladolid v Atletico Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Specualtion’s growing that Atlético Madrid midfielder Saúl Ñíguez, who’s still only 26 somehow, wants to leave the club this summer, and that has unsurprisingly alerted many teams around Europe, Chelsea including as per latest reports. Alongside the Blues, PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Juventus are all said to be monitoring his situation, though nothing more serious has taken place just yet.

According to Marca, Atlético may even be willing to let Saúl go — and perhaps for something less than his gargantuan €150m release clause despite having five (5!) more years left on a massive nine-year contract (9!) he signed in 2017 — as the player apparently doesn’t feel as important under Diego Simeone as he used to anymore, and wants to embark on a new challenge.

Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko may not be staying at Napoli permanently, but he’s unlikely to ever return to Chelsea. He’s recently been linked with Fiorentina, who appointed his former coach at Napoli (and previously AC Milan as well), Gennaro Gattuso as their new head coach just recently. According to Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano, Gattuso is keen on that relationship continuing as well, and has asked the club to sign the 26-year-old.

La Viola have apparently initiated contact with Chelsea regarding a move, but unfortunately, they can only afford to take him on loan, which is a problem since his contract expires next summer. Chelsea could of course extend his contract before sending him on loan, again, but we need to start trimming the Loan Army, especially when it comes to older players, with FIFA’s new loan regulations set to come into effect in 2022 as well.

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