Chelsea have apparently fallen behind Manchester United in the race to sign Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.
This is according to AS, who claim United are now ahead of their Premier League rival to land the signature of Saul this season.
Both Premier League heavyweights have been linked to the Spaniard over the summer.
As the window enters its final days, the rumour mill has sparked back into life, with the Atletico midfielder inducing plenty of headlines.
Only yesterday, the Telegraph reported that Chelsea would consider making a loan offer for the 26-year-old.
AS responded to this by suggesting United had a similar deal in mind and that their negations were already gaining pace.
Who will snatch up Saul?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side arguably has a greater need than Chelsea to recruit another player in Saul’s position.
A combination of Fred and Scott McTominay doesn’t exactly strike fear into opponents.
Whereas the Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho triangle is arguably the finest midfield trio in world football.
But to bring on board an individual of such quality, experience and for relatively little cost is almost too good an opportunity to pass up.
Saul would add excellent competition to the three first-team stalwarts at Stamford Bridge, not to mention a wealth of top-flight class.
He has been part of Atletico’s fabric since 2008, starting in their youth set-up before his senior breakthrough in 2012.
A year before, Diego Simeone was named Colchoneros manager and the pair have worked together ever since.
“He has absolutely everything,” said Simeone about Saul back in 2015.
“He can play anywhere in the midfield, he can score, he can pass well.”
A fine review indeed, one that Chelsea should certainly keep in mind.