Revealed: The Premier League club who turned down Saul Niguez deal ahead of Chelsea switch
Word doing the rounds in the media this weekend suggests that Chelsea could well have been beaten to the signature of Saul Niguez this summer, by another of the Premier League’s giants.
Blues hard at work
A busy summer of business on the west of London was of course brought to a conclusion earlier this week.
Already boasting a Champions League-winning squad, the majority of the work carried out by those in a position of power at Stamford Bridge came in the form of outgoings.
The likes of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Victor Moses were moved on on a permanent basis, whilst a host of others departed for respective loan spells away from the club.
On the incomings front, meanwhile, the return of Romelu Lukaku of course took the majority of the headlines.
The Belgian, fresh off the back of a scintillating campaign in Italy with Inter Milan, opted to link back up with the Pensioners, in a deal worth just shy of £100 million.
Then, just when it appeared as though Marina Granovskaia and co. had called time on their pursuit of reinforcements, another high-profile arrival was forthcoming on transfer deadline day this week.
The latest player through the door at Stamford Bridge? Saul Niguez.
In a potential steal on the part of Thomas Tuchel’s men, Spanish international Saul has taken his talents to the English capital on loan, with the option to buy for around £30 million next summer.
Pep’s key call
As outlined above, however, had another of the Premier League’s heavyweights moved more decisively, then Saul could very well have been primed to play out his club football in an altogether different area of England over the season ahead.
The club in question? Manchester City.
As per a report from the Daily Star, the champions were handed their own opportunity to seal a move for the Atletico star on deadline day.
This came with those in a position of power at the Wanda Metropolitano having been keen on the signature of Bernardo Silva, culminating in a cash-plus-player proposal surrounding Saul.
City, however, made clear that Silva would only be moved on in a straight cash deal, with Guardiola understood to have had no interest in adding Saul to his side’s ranks in the middle of the park.
Manchester City passed on the chance to sign Saul Niguez before Chelsea swooped in on Deadline Day #MCFC #CFC
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 5, 2021
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