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Blues to sign Saul Niguez on loan

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Chelsea will sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez on a season-long loan after head coach Thomas Tuchel played a central role in resurrecting talks.

Following protracted negotiations with the Spanish club, with the move in the balance for a number of days, the two parties finally struck a deal on Tuesday a matter of hours before the transfer deadline

An agreement was all but reached a matter of days ago, with just the inclusion of either an option or obligation to buy to iron out. However, talks stalled after it was revealed that Saul had concerns over his potential game time at Stamford Bridge, and Atletico had second thoughts about permitting the loan unless an obligation to buy was included.

It then emerged that the Rojiblancos would not be willing to do business with Chelsea unless a replacement for the 26-year-old was found first, with Paris Saint-Germain‘s Pablo Sarabia their preferred target.

However, 90min understands Saul was given assurances directly by Tuchel over the number of minutes he would be afforded in the Chelsea team and was persuaded to make the switch, with discussions resurrected on Monday.

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