Chelsea plan late loan bid for £38m Atletico Madrid midfielder after Man Utd approach

Chelsea are planning a last-ditch loan move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to reports.

The European champions have already completed their major signing this month by landing Romelu Lukaku in a £97.5 million deal from Inter.

Chelsea have targeted Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde this summer but are looking to offload Kurt Zouma to West Ham before they press ahead with that deal.

But according to The Telegraph, Chelsea are also exploring the possibility of a late effort to sign Saul from Atletico Madrid.

However, the report claims that Chelsea’s bid to sign the Spain international hinges on whether the club can trim Thomas Tuchel’s other midfield options who are not part of the first-team plans.

Earlier this summer, reports claimed that Manchester United had been in talks with Saul’s agent to discuss a potential move to United.

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It’s understood that Atletico were willing to allow the midfielder to leave if their €45m (£38m) valuation was met.

Saul has played in both of Atletico’s games in the new La Liga season so far and the Spanish champions have registered wins against Celta Vigo and Elche.

Chelsea, meanwhile are still looking to offload several fringe players before the window closes.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has agreed to take a pay cut in order to re-join AC Milan on loan.

Davide Zappacosta is also returning to Italy as he will join Atalanta on a permanent deal.

The European champions are also looking to move on both Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater.