Chelsea have signed Atletico Madrid and Spain midfielder Saul Niguez on loan with an option to buy.
The 26-year-old was a key player as Atletico won La Liga last term, making 33 appearances.
Chelsea doubted they could sign Saul.
But they managed to strike a deal, paying a loan fee with an option to make the move permanent.
Sevilla earlier confirmed that they had rejected Chelsea’s “unsatisfactory” offer for France defender Jules Kounde.
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Saul Niguez excited to join Chelsea
“I am very excited to start this new challenge with Chelsea,” Saul said.
Saul Niguez was previously linked to Manchester United.
“Blues fans, I am one of you now and I can’t wait to wear the shirt, start training and see all of you. See you soon!”
Saul has played 340 matches for Atletico and scored 43 goals.