Looks like Chelsea will be able to add some much-needed midfield strength to the squad on this deadline day.
UPDATE: Fabrizio Romano adds his “here we go”, specifying a €5m loan fee.
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— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
Final details and the deal will be announced. Difficult deal but finally set to be completed. pic.twitter.com/3Jq5e3JwXE
Despite Atlético Madrid’s reservations about a last-minute deal, we have apparently managed to convince them otherwise, and have done so without bowing to anything more serious than a buy-option demand. Atléti were said to prefer a transfer or a buy-obligation, but it looks our commitment won’t be that significant.
UPDATE: The buy-option is €35m, as per Sky Sports.
Chelsea paying €4m loan fee for Saul Niguez and they will have €35m option to buy. Player is not flying to London tonight. Player, Chelsea and Atletico all in agreement. All working hard to make sure deal is done by tonight's deadline.— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 31, 2021
If true, this could be a very similar deal that we made with Real Madrid in 2018, when we signed Mateo Kovačić on loan and exercised a buy-option twelve months later. Whether Saúl would work out as excellently as that has remains to be seen, but he should add some important and useful depth behind Kanté, Jorginho, and Kova himself.
We have a little over five hours to get things signed and submitted to the relevant authorities. Plenty of time!
Chelsea now cautiously hopeful of completing the loan signing of Saul with an option to buy him at the end of the season. Some serious hard work has gone on to get this one moving again today #cfc Follow the @TeleFootball transfer blog here https://t.co/YakwzMHISN— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) August 31, 2021