September 18, 2021

Chelsea are ‘hopeful’ of a loan transfer from Saul Nguyen but Atletico Madrid will only sell if they sign Anton Griezmann.

Chelsea will only sign Saul Nguyen when Atletico Madrid re-sign Antonio Griezmann.

Spanish News Outlet AS Talks between the Blues and Italy for a versatile midfielder Saul are said to have resumed.

Chelsea have renegotiated a loan transfer with Atletico Madrid for Saul Nguyen.

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Chelsea have renegotiated a loan transfer with Atletico Madrid for Saul Nguyen.Credit: Rex
Reports claim that Italy will only release Saul if he re-signs Anton Griezmann from Barcelona.

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Reports claim that Italy will only release Saul if he re-signs Anton Griezmann from Barcelona.Credit: Getty

He is no longer in Diego Simeone’s immediate plans.

And Chelsea are anxious to end the loan deal on the day of the deadline.

However, it is understood that Atletico are keen to bring Griezmann back to Madrid first.

The Barcelona striker has been advised to return to Wanda Metropolitano.

And further reports suggest that Griezmann may also reach the Spanish capital as part of Atletico’s Joao Felix exchange deal.

As for Chelsea, they may have to wait until the last hour of the transfer window to see if there is a possibility of a loan for Saul.

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The 26-year-old spent his entire career in Italy, scoring 43 goals in 340 games.

However, Saul was knocked out of the last term of Simeone’s starting XI as Atletico beat Real Madrid and Barca in the La Liga title.

And he still finds himself out of his manager’s plans to defend his crown this season.


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Chelsea are eager to sign Saul as they look for a fourth option in central midfield.

N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic all suffered injuries last season.

And Thomas Tachel is not convinced by Robin Loftus Gall, who may be on loan tonight.

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Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has taken on a new role as Sky Sports Italy pundit.

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