Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is looking to beef up his team and has thus decided to make a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.
The 22-year-old has risen to prominence under Diego Simone’s tenure at Atletico Madrid and has become a mainstay on the team-sheet. However, his performances of late have been watched very carefully by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Barcelona, as they look to replace their aging stars.
According to reports from both the Daily Star and Don Balon, Saul Niguez is Chelsea’s number one target. The Blues boss, Antonio Conte has found himself running out of players to play in midfield and thus has decided to make big changes to his team-sheet. Thus, as a result, the Italian boss has decided to sign a world-class midfielder at any cost when the transfer window reopens.
However, Saul Niguez has recently signed a brand new contract extension with the Wanda Metropolitano side, which essentially keeps him at the club until 2026. It also adds a £134 million release clause for any clubs that are interested in him, but despite that Antonio Conte has not been deterred.
The Blues boss has decided to bid a club record fee of £71 million, but are not willing to increase their bid. Whether or not Saul Niguez is worth £134 million is arguable, but the Spaniard is more than worth the £71 million that Chelsea is willing to pay. Under Diego Simeone, Niguez has flourished and become one of the most effective midfielders in the modern game.
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Chelsea has had their fair share of injury issues, with the likes of N’Golo Kante out for at least a month, Tiemoue Bakayoko struggling with a major knee problem and even new signing Danny Drinkwater has only recently returned from injury.
Despite his tender age of 22, the youngster has still made 162 appearances for the club since he was brought up from the Atletico Madrid B team. He’s brilliant in the air and can also do his part defensively and like Fabregas, Niguez can dictate the tempo of a game if he desires. Signing him would do wonders for Chelsea, but it’s tough to see Atletico Madrid letting him go.