Chelsea’s transfer for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has collapsed, based on stories in Spain.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was mentioned to be eager on securing the companies of the LaLiga-winning star earlier than the switch window closes subsequent week, however any probability has now disappeared.
The 26-year-old had beforehand drawn curiosity from fellow Premier League sides Liverpool and Manchester United, however Chelsea seemed to be in pole place to lastly prise the midfielder away from his lifelong membership Atletico.
Nonetheless, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has now reported that Saul will stick with Atleti for an additional yr, regardless of tensions with supervisor Diego Simeone.
The Atleti academy graduate was utilised in quite a few totally different positions final season, together with left again, which in the end culminated in him shedding his spot in Spain supervisor Luis Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020.
“If he has to depart, [I’ll] give him an enormous hug, want him the very best with the boys who gave us life and to proceed being mates, as all the time. Both to Barcelona or elsewhere,” Simeone mentioned earlier in the summertime.
“Final season he spoke with the membership, with us about his wants and what he spoke about was the choice of getting a place on the pitch the place he feels extra necessary.
“And I take into account that Saul grew to become Saul by taking part in in all places, however he or a lot of these round him see it as one thing unfavourable.”
Eager for a brand new problem at a membership the place might set up himself again as a first-choice midfielder, Ateltico had been believed to be open to the thought of Saul departing to the Premier League, initially on mortgage.
The midfielder beforehand regarded prone to be concerned in a swap take care of Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann, however together with his last possibility of Chelsea now evaporating, he’s set to remain an additional yr.
Chelsea have thus far this summer season damaged their membership switch file to deliver again Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97million, and proceed to strengthen with a transfer for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde within the pipeline.
The membership have tried to cowl the price of Lukaku with the gross sales of Tammy Abraham to Roma, Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud to AC Milan, Davide Zappacosta to Atalanta and Victor Moses to Spartak Moscow.