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Chelsea completed their third and final signing of the summer on transfer deadline day.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez became the Blues ‘ third signing of the summer window, following the arrivals of Marcus Bettinelli and Romelu Lukaku.

The 26-year-old has signed on a season-long loan deal, with an option to make it permanent for around £30million, and was shown around the west London clubs’ facilities on Wednesday.

Saul is a well established Spain international, who has a wealth of experience in the Champions League with Atletico Madrid, and could become a huge part of Thomas Tuchel ‘s plans this season with Chelsea.

It is no surprise that the Blues did all they could to complete the signing of the Spanish midfielder on deadline day, and it will come as even less of a shock when you hear how long he has been on the club’s radar for.

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According to a report from the Telegraph, Chelsea have been tracking Saul for ‘at least two years’ before sealing the loan move.

Now, despite reported interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, the reigning Champions League winners have got their man.

Saul will have fierce competition to cement a spot in Tuchel’s starting XI at Stamford Bridge, with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic all occupying similar positions to the loanee.



Saul Niguez became Chelsea's third summer signing on deadline day
Saul Niguez became Chelsea’s third summer signing on deadline day

Saul, when speaking about his move to Chelsea for the first time late on Tuesday night, sounded delighted to have finally completed the deal.

“I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea. Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can’t wait to wear the shirt, start training and see all of you. See you soon,” he said to the club’s official website following his arrival.

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There was a slight concern about getting the signing done in time, with paperwork seemingly proving an issue in the completion of the deal.

He referenced David De Gea’s proposed move to Real Madrid a few years ago that fell through at the last minute and feared the same would happen to him.

Speaking during a Twitch interview, the 26-year-old said: “At 11:57 p.m. we finished reviewing the contract and they had to see it there.

“I was like De Gea. I thought: ‘This is not going to come in and that’s it.’ It has been a long afternoon and night.

“My wife was very nervous, we have had some very complicated days, because this decision is not easy. Leaving my house on a new adventure is complicated.”

Source by Football London

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