Atletico Madrid tell Saul Niguez he CANNOT move to Chelsea on loan as LaLiga champions look to only let their youngsters leave before the window slams shut
- Chelsea target Saul Niguez has been told he cannot move to Stamford Bridge
- The 26-year-old has been linked with a loan move to the European champions
- However, Atletico Madrid have opted against allowing the Spaniard to leave
- It is one of two setbacks suffered by Thomas Tuchel’s side this summer window
- Sevilla have increased their valuation of defender Jules Kounde by £13million
Atletico Madrid have told midfielder Saul Niguez he cannot leave the club this summer with the Spaniard’s proposed loan move to Chelsea appearing to break down just hours before the close of the window.
Saul, 26, has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, with the midfielder eager for a new challenge having spent the entirety of his senior career with Atletico.
He was not selected by Luis Enrique for the national team at the Euros and missed out once more for the upcoming international break and a fresh start at Chelsea would provide Saul the opportunity to prove his worth to Enrique.
Atletico Madrid have told Saul Niguez he cannot leave the club for Chelsea this summer
A loan move with an option to buy in Chelsea’s favour was on the cards, however talks stalled over the weekend amid reports that the deal had broken down completely with Atletico changing their mind on allowing their star to leave.
And Sportsmail understands that the LaLiga champions have informed Saul that he will not be leaving this summer. Unless something changes dramatically in the remaining hours of the window, he will not be joining Chelsea on loan.
Atletico are attempting to shift some of their younger players on Deadline Day, but do not want to lose important senior players before the window shuts. Saul is viewed by the club’s hierarchy, and Diego Simeone, as one such important player.
The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Thomas Tuchel’s European kings
However, Atletico Madrid are intent on keeping their senior and important players
The latest development is one of two major setbacks suffered by the European champions in the past 48 hours, with a move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde also hitting an obstacle after the LaLiga club shifted the goalposts.
The Blues had agreed a £43million fee for the French defender, but reports suggest that Sevilla have now increased their valuation of the 22-year-old by a further £12.8m.
Sevilla are resolutely sticking to their new price for Kounde, while Chelsea are adamant that they will not be bullied into meeting their new valuation, with the clubs at a deadlock with mere hours to go in the window.
Missing out on Saul and Kounde will be a blow for Thomas Tuchel, who is looking to strengthen his squad in their assault on the Premier League title.
It is one of two blows suffered by the Blues, with the Jules Kounde deal on the ropes too
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