Saul Niguez officially joins Chelsea

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1NEWS – Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has officially joined Chelsea on loan and with an option to buy at the end of the 2021/22 season. He will deepen Thomas Tuchel’s squad to compete in the title race this season.

According to Skysports, Chelsea will pay 4 million euros for the loan fee of the 26-year-old player. In addition, the Blues can buy him for 35 million euros at the end of the 2021/22 season.

Almost Joined Manchester United or Barcelona

Chelsea were lucky to get the Spanish midfielder ahead of the close of the 2021 summer transfer market. Because Thomas Tuchel did have to strengthen his squad’s midfield in order to compete in the title race this season.

Previously, Saul Niguez He was interested in two of Europe’s top clubs, namely Barcelona and Manchester United. The two clubs are Chelsea’s toughest competitors for the 26-year-old player.

Manchester United are planning to take him from Atletico Madrid because they really need an experienced midfielder in midfield. Because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels his midfield still has many shortcomings at this time.

On the other hand, Barcelona also desperately needs an experienced midfielder in Ronald Koeman’s squad. Barcelona are even willing to swap one of their players, Antoine Griezmann, to Atletico Madrid in order to get Saul Niguez.

However, the Spaniard chose to join Chelsea because he felt he would win something at the club. He also felt that he would be more suited to Chelsea’s strategy, rather than Manchester United or Barcelona.

Deepening Thomas Tuchel’s Squad

The arrival of Saul Niguez will increase the depth of the squad as well as the quality of Chelsea’s midfield. Most likely he will often rotate with Jorginho or N’Golo Kante in the English Premier League or Champions League matches.

The 26-year-old has a lot of experience playing in the Champions League at this time. Saul Niguez has played 59 matches with Atletico Madrid in the last six seasons. He even collected ten goals and two assists from that total match.

He hopes his arrival to Stamford Bridge can lead him to win the Champions League. Because that’s the only competition he hasn’t won so far.

Former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp feels Saul Niguez is the right signing for the Blues. He feels the presence of the Spanish midfielder has put Chelsea in the title race for the 2021/22 season.

“Chelsea’s midfield needs improvement. Jorginho, Kante or Kovacic are not enough to strengthen their midfield. His presence (Saul Niguez) could be a very good addition to Chelsea,” said Jamie Redknapp.

“You saw how Chelsea played against Liverpool. They have good defenders and every line is very strong. I think they are serious title challengers for other teams.”

The Strengths And Disadvantages of Saul Niguez

Every player certainly has advantages and disadvantages, including Saul Niguez. Even so, he remains one of the world’s top players who have shined together Atlético Madrid in recent years.

The midfielder with a height of 184 cm has good ability when dueling over balls and controlling possession. He also has high concentration and often drops down to help his team defend when attacked by opponents.

The drawback is that Saul Niguez often makes tackles and often violates opposing players and gets a card. However, this shortcoming can still be overcome with direction from Thomas Tuchel after he joined the Chelsea squad.

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