Chelsea ‘eye Saul’ for late transfer – and it won’t impact Jules Kounde move

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Chelsea are reportedly ‘eyeing’ Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez as a possible late addition before the transfer window closes.

Transfers guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed the Blues are in the early stages of talks aiming to bring the 26-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

Romano also claims any deal for Saul will not impact a move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who Chelsea are looking to sign but have not yet activated his £68million buy-out clause.

The Champions League winners recently broke their club record transfer fee by paying £97.5million for Romelu Lukaku and signing their two other targets will take their total spend to an estimated £200million.

Romano wrote on Twitter: “Chelsea will decide in the next few days whether to buy a new midfielder or not.

“Keeping an eye on Saúl Ñíguez, he’s considered ‘a possibility’ – not advanced yet.

“Atletico Madrid will decide soon about Saúl’s future – Chelsea are still working on Kounde deal too.”

Saul had been linked with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool this summer with both clubs searching for a new midfielder.

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It may therefore come as a surprise that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is now leading the race to sign the Spaniard despite already having the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic as strong options.

Meanwhile, Kounde is a player who Chelsea have sought for the majority of the transfer window, the club having had a player-plus cash deal which included Kurt Zouma already rejected.

Sevilla are believed to be set on not selling the French international for any less than his sizeable release clause.

The club currently have a number of options such as Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen at centre-back, though they are each heading into the final year of their contracts.

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