Atletico Madrid have clear transfer demand that will impact Chelsea’s pursuit of Saul Niguez

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The next 24 hours is set to be a busy one for Chelsea as the west London club look to conclude the window with some last minute deals.

The Blues have signed just two players so far this summer, with Marcus Bettinelli (free transfer) and Romelu Lukaku (£97.5million) arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are still interested in signing Jules Kounde and Saul Niguez before the 11pm deadline as Thomas Tuchel looks to strengthen his squad for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.

Saul, who has around five years of his contract remaining at Atletico Madrid, is reportedly keen on sealing a move away from the Spanish capital.

However, Chelsea and Atleti are seemingly after different things with the deal. According to a report from Goal on Monday afternoon, the Blues are keen to do a deal as a straight up loan, rather than one with an obligation to make the signing permanent.

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The Spanish champions, though, want the deal to have an obligation to buy him for £34m once the loan contract expires.

Chelsea want the Spain international to join their squad, but now have a race against the clock to complete a deal for the midfielder.

The 26-year-old, when speaking about his future last year, described Madrid as “home” and insisted he was happy to see out the remainder of his contract.

Saul said to Radio Marca: “I see things on Instagram or in newspapers which you publish, but I haven’t heard anything from any club.

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“I’m focused on finishing this season, achieving the objective and then dreaming about the Champions League.

“I have a long-term contract, which I signed because I want to stay here. I don’t have any problem staying here because my family are here, it’s my home.

“People say: ‘Come out and deny it’, but then if you deny it and something happens, you look bad.

“I just stick to playing football and what has to happen will happen, I’m just focused on achieving Atletico’s target, which is to be in the top four, and then try to get the most desired target of the season.”

Source by Football London

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