Chelsea’s deadline day signing, Saul Niguez, has sent his first message to the club’s fans after making a late switch from Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard also attracted interest from both Manchester United and Liverpool at various points this summer, but it was the west London side who managed to get the deal over the line on Tuesday.
Saul’s move was one of the final deals to be completed on deadline day, with the announcement coming 45 minutes after the 11pm deadline.
Thankfully for the Blues, the necessary paperwork was already in place so they broke no rules in confirming the deal later than planned.
Chelsea’s new signing was part of a late transfer triangle which saw Antoine Griezmann head to Atletico and Luuk De Jong head to Barcelona, which eventually proved to be the last hurrah in a dramatic summer window.
After negotiations with Atleti which looked, at one point, like they may have hit a stumbling block, Saul now heads to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Spanish international addressed his new fans on Twitter, saying: “See you there! @ChelseaFC!”
The 26-year-old racked up an impressive 340 games for Atletico Madrid, on top of 19 caps for a competitive Spanish national team.
After winning the La Liga title last season, he clearly felt as though this summer was the right time to move on, although he will have to work hard to earn a spot in Chelsea’s midfield.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will certainly be hard to displace, both of whom were recognised recently by UEFA with Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year awards respectively.
Kante went down with an ankle injury against Liverpool, however, so Saul could yet find plenty of opportunities to impress Thomas Tuchel.
After the £98million deal to bring in Romelu Lukaku, Saul became the Blues’ second major signing of the summer, although they missed out on a deadline day swoop for Jules Kounde.
There is little wonder he opted to go for Tuchel’s side, with their early-season form indicative of a side on the up.
A UEFA Champions League victory back in May will have also helped, while this summer’s recruitment looks to have made them into strong Premier League title contenders.
After completing his move, Saul told Chelsea’s website: “I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea.