Chelsea are considering a move for Saul Niguez, according to reports. Liverpool were supposedly put off by his wage demands.
Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea have eyes on Saul Niguez. Atletico Madrid are busy figuring out the player’s future.
“Chelsea will decide in the next few days whether to buy a new midfielder or not,” Romano wrote on Twitter. “Keeping an eye on Saúl Ñíguez, he’s considered “a possibility” – not advanced yet.”
“Atletico Madrid will decide soon about Saúl’s future – Chelsea are still working on [Jules] Kounde deal too.”
Liverpool have long been linked with the Spaniard, of course. A recent report came at the end of last month from the Mirror, saying the Reds would meet with Saul’s agents.
We’ve long had him down as a player the Reds should pursue. He fits them very well, both stylistically and positionally. There are few better replacements for Gini Wijnaldum than Saul.
But there’s a catch, of course.
Chelsea pursue Saul as Liverpool walk away
Journalist Neil Jones told Redmen TV this week that Saul would want wages that top any player at Liverpool. Or at least, wages that topped any player before several signed new deals with summer.
But our understanding is that Mohamed Salah certainly was the highest earner at the club. The Athletic has his wages down as £200k-per-week, meaning Saul wanted more than that.
This is something Jones has explained before. Signing Saul would be very disruptive for Liverpool’s wage structure.
The Reds aren’t in a strong position to sign such players, especially when they wouldn’t immediately be the star in the side. Saul would be a great signing but arguably the club’s fourth-best midfielder – that doesn’t exactly justify enormous wages.
It seems Liverpool may have to give up on this one, then. Chelsea could make their move instead while the Reds look elsewhere.