Fabrizio Romano has explained how much Chelsea will have to fork out for Atletico Madrid loan star Saul Niguez if they opt to sign the Spaniard permanently next summer.
The Blues completed a loan swoop for the midfielder on deadline day last month, and the club have the option to buy Saul outright in 2022.
There has been some uncertainty as to the transfer sum that the west Londoners would have to pay Los Rojiblancos if they want to keep Niguez, but the Italian journalist has now cleared things up.
Speaking on a recent episode of the Here We Go Podcast, Romano said: “Let me clarify one thing. The clause, the buy option, because it’s a loan for €5m (£4.3m) with a buy option.
“It’s not €30m (£25.7m) as I see sometimes, it’s €40m (£34.2m). So, it’s €5m loan, €40m buy option. This is the details for the Saul deal.”
Niguez delivered a disappointing showing at Stamford Bridge on his debut, and if the player continues to play at that level it may be best for the club to steer clear of signing Saul permanently for a fee just short of £35 million.
But, Saul is a title-winner and UCL finalist from his time in his homeland, so it seems likely that he’ll use this experience to settle in and improve as the campaign progresses.