The likelihood of Chelsea signing Saul Ñíguez is decreasing with each passing hour, but it is not yet zero, if the latest reports are to be believed.
Part of the problem has been Atlético wanting guaranteed payment (i.e. transfer fee or buy-obligation) — which Chelsea are unwilling to provide — while Atléti themselves are still looking for a replacement as well — which is strange considering that they have already signed Rodrigo De Paul this summer.
Chelsea are still keen to sign Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid with an option to buy. Deal is dependent on Atletico being able to sign a replacement midfielder— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 30, 2021
Should Atlético be successful in that pursuit, the departure for Saúl apparently becomes much more feasible — though it’s unlikely to be resolved before the final hours of deadline day, even if Atléti become more willing to deal, as Goal report.
El Chelsea no tira la toalla por Saúl Niguez. Habrá que esperar hasta cierre de mercado. Los "blues" quieren una cesión y el Atlético Madrid sólo accedería a negociar si la cesión incluye una opción de compra. El Atlético explora opciones en el mercado por si al final sale Saúl.— Rubén Uría (@rubenuria) August 30, 2021
(Ed.note: corollary to all this, reports continue to claim that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s situation is somehow related to Saúl arriving, which continues to make very little actual sense.)
Chelsea haven't given up on Saul. It goes to the final day.— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 30, 2021