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Chelsea 'have already made contact with Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez'

Chelsea 'have already made contact with Saul Niguez'
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Chelsea reportedly make contact with Atletico Madrid over a deal for Saul Niguez, but his £68.8m price tag could hinder a move.

Chelsea have reportedly already touched base with Atletico Madrid over a deal for Saul Niguez.

The La Liga champions are thought to be open to selling the 26-year-old this summer, with Saul starting 22 of Atletico's 38 games en route to the 2020-21 Spanish top-flight title.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are all supposedly in the hunt for Saul's services, but Chelsea are understood to have stolen a march on their rivals in the race for the midfielder.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Blues have contacted Atletico over the possibility of a summer deal for Saul, but the Colchoneros' asking price could prove to be a stumbling block.

The report adds that it would take a fee of £68.8m to prise Saul away from the Wanda Metropolitano - a price that Chelsea are not willing to fork out while they prioritise a top-class striker.

Saul's contract at Atletico does not expire for another five years, but his struggles last season led to him being left out of Spain's Euro 2020 squad.

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