When final we spoke meaningfully about Saúl Ñíguez, it was transfer window deadline day, and Atlético Madrid had been shifting furiously to ship him out with a view to match Antoine Griezmann’s wages beneath LaLiga’s mandated wage cap.
Atlético did this efficiently, as Saúl signed for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea simply earlier than the deadline. The golf equipment agreed to an preliminary mortgage cope with a large buy possibility, and the anticipation was Saúl would profit from the surroundings change, performing persistently sufficient to get a everlasting transfer to London subsequent summer time — and ship greater than €35 million into Atleti’s coffers.
Issues have not gone in response to plan.
Since becoming a member of the reigning European champions two months in the past, Saúl has performed 238 minutes throughout 5 appearances within the Champions League, the Premier League, and the Carabao Cup. That is the bottom minutes whole any Chelsea outfield participant has accrued to this point in 2021/22. He’s battling for taking part in time with Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, and Mateo Kovačić, and people three guys — all established at Stamford Bridge — are successful handily up to now.
However in response to the Telegraph, Saúl has no plans to return to Madrid for the time being, and the current worldwide break is seen as a key time for him to adapt to Tuchel’s strategies. He’s living close to good friend Kepa Arrizabalaga in London and nonetheless harbors hopes of carving out minutes within the Blues’ star-studded midfield.
Marca, dubiously citing recognized compost heap the Solar, claims Chelsea do not intend to buy Saúl subsequent summer time — and Atlético already know this. The Madrid every day says the 26-year-old is prone to be shipped again to Spain as soon as the season ends, however neither membership nor participant is making ready for a return engagement presently.
Saúl coming again would wreak havoc on Atlético’s wage invoice — as would Álvaro Morata’s possible return from his personal mortgage spell at Juventus. Diego Simeone does not need the pair, and ideally, Atleti wish to recoup at the very least €30 million apiece for the Spaniards.