TCC View: The former Tuchel player who could help Chelsea sign Saul from Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid are now attempting to recruit Pablo Sarabia from Paris Saint-Germain as a possible replacement for Chelsea target Saul Niguez.

According to AS, Atletico are trying to finalise two deadline day deals: signing Sarabia and removing Saul.

Sarabia only joined PSG from Sevilla in 2019 but could be heading back to Spain almost instantly.

He started just 13 Ligue 1 games last season, some of which under current Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel.

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The Spaniard is seemingly not going to be heavily involved in the new Parisian leader, Mauricio Pochettino’s, plans.

Atletico are hoping to take advantage of Sarabia’s situation by adding him to Diego Simeone’s title-winning squad.

Sarabia in for Saul?

Introducing the versatile midfielder would possibly open up the door for Saul to depart before the window closes until January.

Chelsea have been heavily linked to the 26-year-old for the past week, with the indication that a loan move to Stamford Bridge had been proposed.

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Fabrizio Romano set about putting a spanner in the works by suggesting Atletico would not let Saul leave unless they found a substitute.

Although not a carbon copy, Sarabia is a player who can play in numerous positions like his compatriot.

He has been known to play on either wing, as a centre-forward, an attacking midfielder or even a full-back.

Saul offers similar flexibility, although it is this constant rotation of roles that made his life slightly difficult in Madrid.

It is also reportedly one of the reasons he is reluctant to join Chelsea, as there is no guarantee of holding down a regular slot in one specific region of the pitch.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.