Chelsea’s transfer for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has collapsed, in response to experiences in Spain.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was mentioned to be eager on securing the providers of the LaLiga-winning star earlier than the switch window closes subsequent week, however any likelihood 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.
Nevertheless, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has now reported that Saul will stick with Atleti for an extra 12 months, regardless of tensions with supervisor Diego Simeone.
The Atleti academy graduate was utilised in quite a few completely different positions final season, together with left again, which finally culminated in him dropping 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 perfect with the boys who gave us life and to proceed being buddies, 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 vital.
“And I contemplate 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 adverse.”
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 concept of Saul departing to the Premier League, initially on mortgage.
The midfielder beforehand appeared prone to be concerned in a swap cope with Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann, however along with his remaining choice of Chelsea now evaporating, he’s set to remain an extra 12 months.
Chelsea have to this point this summer time damaged their membership switch report to convey 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.
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