Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s transfer boss, has pulled off an £89.5 million Saul Niguez masterclass.
On the day before the transfer deadline, Chelsea finalized the signing of Saul Niguez.
Chelsea struck a last-minute transfer deadline day agreement to bring Saul Niguez to Stamford Bridge as they prepare to challenge for the Premier League title. After weeks of rumors, Chelsea finally got the trade done at the eleventh hour.
During the summer window, Saul was a coveted commodity, with Manchester United and Liverpool both reportedly interested in signing him.
Chelsea, though, were the ones who finally secured the midfielder, thanks to transfer boss Marina Granovskaia’s masterclass.
Saul’s release clause at Atletico Madrid was set at £128 million, but Granovskaia has spent far less to get her man.
The Spain international has signed a £4.2 million loan agreement with Chelsea, with the club having the option to purchase Saul on a permanent basis for £34.3 million.
That implies Chelsea will pay only £38.5 million for Saul, a whopping £89.5 million less than his release clause.
The Blues have already lured Romelu Lukaku back to the club and signed Marcus Bettinelli to their goalkeeping department, so it appears to be great business.
Lukaku joined Chelsea for a club-record £97.5 million and made an immediate impression when he scored on his second Chelsea debut against Arsenal last month.
The agreement to bring Saul to Chelsea was announced 45 minutes after the deadline on Tuesday, as club officials scrambled to get the papers completed.
The 26-year-old, who started each of Atletico’s first three La Liga games, will now compete for a spot in Chelsea’s midfield with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic.
Saul moved through the Atletico junior system after leaving Real Madrid as a child, making 340 first-team appearances during his stay at the Metropolitano Stadium.
He scored 43 goals for Atletico Madrid and spent the 2013/14 season on loan with Rayo Vallecano.
Saul has 19 caps for his country, although he was left out of the Euro 2020 roster this summer.
In the capital, manager Thomas Tuchel is assembling a fantastic side, and there will be genuine hopes that the Premier League trophy will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2017.
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