Chelsea’s move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez reportedly breaks down after the Spain international was not given assurances over playing time.

Chelsea’s bid to sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid before Tuesday’s transfer deadline has reportedly collapsed.

The Champions League holders were thought to be closing in on a loan deal for the midfielder and had reportedly reached an agreement with Atletico, pending a final fee for a permanent deal being settled.

As per 90min, Chelsea move for Atletico Madrid star is unlikely to materialise. Thomas Tuchel was unable to give the Spaniard assurances over playing time at Stamford Bridge.

The west London giants currently have N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic as their regular midfield options under Tuchel.

They also have Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu and Ross Barkley in the squad despite loaning Billy Gilmour to Norwich City.

With the excellent form of Kante and Jorginho earlier this year, it is highly unlikely that a new signing will come and displace either.

Saul will have assessed the situation, and he appears better off continuing at Atletico, where he has started successive games.

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