There was a general consensus from Chelsea fans on social media that they should not make a move for Saul Niguez this summer.
Fabrizio Romano tweeted out that Niguez ‘could leave Atletico Madrid’ in the next transfer window, with Chelsea ‘informed’ of his situation.
The Spanish international has been with Atletico for 13 years and was involved in their most recent La Liga triumph.
However, his once untouchable spot in Diego Simeone’s side is no more, prompting him to potentially look for greener pastures as well.
Blues fans hoped Romano’s update didn’t have anything solid behind it, as they urged Roman Abramovich to avoid signing Niguez at all costs.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
It feels like Niguez has been around for much longer than his 26-years on the planet suggests.
His Atletico CV is littered with silverware, including two Europa Leagues, a couple of Spanish cups and the latest league title.
He was also a runner up in the 2016 Champions League final.
Having enjoyed so much success at a relatively young age, the stock of Niguez is still pretty high.
Romano said that Bayern Munich are interested in the midfielder, whilst Chelsea also said to be waiting in the wings.
Of course, Atletico won’t let their player leave for cheap.
Niguez is contracted until 2026 and is on a reported wage of €7m (£6m) per year.
Another day, another big name linked to Chelsea.
I think we can safely brush this one under the carpet.
I’ve seen very little of Niguez, other than one outstanding goal he scored against Bayern Munich a few seasons back.
He’s not what Thomas Tuchel needs and he’s clearly not who Blues followers want either.