‘Baller’: Some Chelsea fans excited by reported interest in £207k-a-week midfielder

Chelsea are reportedly eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez – and some Blues fans on Twitter are excited by the transfer rumour.

Well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that Chelsea are currently weighing up whether or not to try sign a midfielder before the summer window shuts. So far, centre-forward Romelu Lukaku and back-up goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli are the only additions to the squad. 

It is understood that Thomas Tuchel’s side have set their sights on Saul. Romano explains he’s a potential option, but right now there is nothing advanced and Spanish champions Atletico are yet to decide on his future. 

Saul, 26, is a central midfielder that already has so much experience for someone his age. He’s played 338 senior games for Atletico since coming through their academy. 

He’s a left-footer that is extremely technical on the ball and very skilful. Also, he’s got the versatility to play in the centre of the park or further up the pitch in wide attacking positions. 

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Some Chelsea fans fully onboard with Saul speculation

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media are convinced Atletico’s long-serving player could be a real asset at Stamford Bridge. 

In truth, the £207,000-a-week Spaniard has had a drop off in form during the past year. However, he marked the opening game of Atletico’s 2021/22 season with an assist last weekend in a win against Celta Vigo. 

It would be a huge change for him if he did up leaving this summer, but right now his future is up in the air.

The Blues interest doesn’t seem concrete right now, but some Chelsea fans are keen on the idea of really pushing to sign him.


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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.