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Chelsea resurrect Saul Niguez deal and agree loan move for Atletico Madrid star


Saúl Ñíguez is now heading to the Premier League on loan at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

After looking unlikely to secure a deal for Saul Niguez before the close of the transfer window, Chelsea have agreed a loan move with Atletico Madrid for the midfielder.

The Blues have been pursuing the 26-year-old, and while Atletico Madrid have been open to letting him go this summer, a deal was proving difficult to reach.

However, with just a few hours left of the summer transfer window an agreement has been found and the Spain international is set to move to Stamford Bridge on loan with an option to buy next year.

Fabrizio Romano reports that a fee of €5m (£4.3m) has been agreed for the season-long loan, although it is yet to be announced how much Chelsea will have to pay at the end of the season if they wish to keep hold of Saul.

The midfielder is under contract until 2026 at Atletico Madrid but has fallen slightly out of favour under Diego Simeone.

Saul still started the first two La Liga games of the season for Atletico, but only came on as a substitute in the third.

He has enjoyed a hugely successful time with Atleti, though, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Europa League twice and reaching the Champions Legaue final.

He has made 340 appearances for the club and picked up 19 caps for his country as well.

Having spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, Saul will leave Atletico for the second time, heading to London to complete the move on Tuesday afternoon.

Follow Metro.co.uk’s transfer Deadline Day live blog for the latest updates.


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