Chelsea are trying to force through the late signing of Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez, it has been claimed. Marina Granovskaia is in charge of transfer business over at Stamford Bridge. And, not content with the arrival of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, the Blues are looking to bolster their ranks.
It’s been a positive start to the new Premier League season for Chelsea, who are aiming to win the title under Thomas Tuchel this term.
They were far too strong for Crystal Palace in their opening fixture, cruising to a 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea then ruthlessly dispatched Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates, with Romelu Lukaku and Reece James on target.
And, on Saturday, they escaped Liverpool with a point to their name despite seeing James dismissed for a handball on the line.
Chelsea have already established themselves as leading contenders to win the Premier League title this season, a prize they’ve gone without since Antonio Conte’s time at the helm.
Yet they’re still hoping to sign Saul to boost their chances of winning the trophy.
And, now, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed negotiations with Atletico are ongoing as Chelsea look to ‘force’ a deal.
Writing in his Benchwarmers column, he said: “Manchester United had other possible signings in mind, but Kieran Trippier is not on the way as the club has decided to retain Diogo Dalot after AC Milan, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund approaches this summer.
“Manchester United have also had contacts for Saul with Atletico Madrid but without finding any agreement yet: Chelsea are forcing on this deal after a buy option loan offer that has not yet been accepted so far.