Chelsea enter the battle for 26-year-old La Liga midfielder

The London giants are eyeing a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez this summer, according to reports in Spain. The German manager replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea coach at the end of January and led the Blues to UCL glory, as well as a top-four finish in the PL.

Thomas Tuchel is looking to improve his squad ahead of the next campaign, with the summer transfer window open ready to open on June 9. Spain international is a player that both Chelsea and PSG have ‘in their sights’. Saul played 33 matches in La Liga in the 2020/21 season as the Argentine tactician’s side lifted the league title.

The report claims that while in previous years, the La Liga giants have been unwilling to let Niguez go, that stance has softened due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. While no official approach from either club has been made as of yet, more clarity is said to be expected in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Man United have also been strongly linked with a move for the 26-year-old midfielder.

The Spanish midfielder was a notable omission from the Furia Roja’s 24-man squad for Euro 2020, with Luis Enrique opting for Llorente, Busquets, Rodri, Pedri, Thiago, Koke, Fabian, Olmo and Sarabia as his midfield options.

Los Colchoneros are understood to value Niguez at €70m, a sum similar to the then club-record fee commitment of €75m Man City made to bring Silva from Monaco in the summer of 2017. Saul has spent more than a decade at the Wanda Metropolitano but did not play regularly during the 2020-21 season.