Saúl moves to Chelsea on loan

Atlético Madrid and Spain midfielder Saúl Ñíguez has joined European champions Chelsea on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

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In the dramatic final moments of the transfer deadline day, Chelsea completed the signing of Atlético Madrid midfielder Saúl Ñíguez on loan for the remainder of the season.

The European champions were successful with a late move for Saúl on deadline day and reportedly have an option to buy for $40 million (£30m, €34m) after paying an initial loan fee of $6.85m (£5m, €5.8m).

Saúl widely linked this summer

Saúl had been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool previously but will get his first experience of playing in the Premier League for the Blues.

The 26-year-old was part of Atleti's title-winning side in LaLiga last season, but Diego Simeone refused to rule out the prospect of the player leaving after a 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Sunday.

Saúl excited to be moving on

Saúl is contracted to the reigning Spanish champions until 2026 but may have played his last game for the club.

"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!" Saúl said.

Saúl's arrival comes after Chelsea paid out a club-record fee to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge from Inter earlier in the same transfer window.

Club director Marina Granovskaia said of the latest recruit: "We welcome Saúl to the club and believe he completes our squad as we compete for honours in five different competitions this season.

"He is a proven winner, a player with huge experience and we know he will be very well-suited to the challenges that face us on all fronts in the coming year."