A new signing has been made. After completing his transfer to Atletico Madrid, Saul Niguez sends a message to Chelsea fans.
On deadline day, Saul Niguez’s transfer to Chelsea was one of the last moves to be completed.
Saul Niguez, Chelsea’s late deadline day transfer from Atletico Madrid, has issued his first message to the club’s supporters. At various stages this summer, the Spaniard drew interest from both Manchester United and Liverpool, but it was the west London club that was able to seal the deal on Tuesday.
The announcement of Saul’s move came 45 minutes after the 11 p.m. deadline, making it one of the last deals to be finalized on deadline day.
The Blues were fortunate in that all of the relevant paperwork was already in place, so they did not break any rules by completing the agreement later than expected.
Chelsea’s new acquisition was part of a late transfer triangle that saw Antoine Griezmann join Atletico Madrid and Luuk De Jong join Barcelona, which proved to be the final act of a thrilling summer transfer season.
Saul will join Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan with the option to buy after negotiations with Atleti appeared to encounter a stumbling block at one point.
Chelsea has been penalised by the FA for failing to maintain control of their players during a tense Liverpool match.
“See you there! @ChelseaFC!” the Spanish international tweeted on Wednesday afternoon, addressing his new fans.
The 26-year-old has 340 games for Atletico Madrid under his belt, as well as 19 caps for a competitive Spanish national team.
He certainly believed that this summer was the best moment to move on after winning La Liga last season, albeit he will have to fight hard to gain a role in Chelsea’s midfield.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, who were recently honored by UEFA with Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year honours, respectively, will be difficult to replace.
However, because Kante suffered an ankle injury against Liverpool, Saul could still have plenty of chances to impress Thomas Tuchel.
Saul became the Blues’ second major signing of the summer, following the £98 million deal for Romelu Lukaku, but missing out on a deadline-day raid for Jules Kounde.
With their early-season showing indicating a team on the rise, it’s no surprise he chose Tuchel’s side.
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