Chelsea seek sanction clarity to complete Saul Niguez transfer U-turn


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is set to make a decision on whether he wants to keep on-loan Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez provided they are allowed to make signings

Chelsea will do a U-turn to keep on-loan midfielder Saul Niguez beyond the summer — if UK Government sanctions allow them to.

Saul struggled after joining the club from Atletico Madrid at the start of the season and, despite finally settling and getting more game time in recent weeks, the Blues were not expecting to take a clause in the loan deal which gave them first option to buy.

However, they will now explore whether the terms of the initial agreement will permit them to sign the Spaniard for the pre-agreed fee of £29.3million given they cannot make any new signings.

Chelsea have until May 30 to communicate their decision to Atletico.

Tuchel admitted recently that Saul had started to adjust to life in England and demonstrated his quality on the pitch for Chelsea.

He said: “I think he will be an important player for us and I hope so as well. He has showed what he can do with his abilities.

“I see more confidence in him with each game, he is in good shape and his adaptation to the way we play has gone further from before.

“That’s why it’s very important that we keep the trust and the belief in the training centre, in all of us. We rely on ourselves and in the end allow ourselves to be the guys who take care of the sport.

“We did not cause the situation. We cannot solve the situation. And it can also give us the freedom in the end to still enjoy what we are doing and still follow the responsibility to give everything, and what we demand of ourselves.

“This is what we do and I’m happy we can still produce results and performances.”