Chelseaย will be competing for both the Premier League and the Champions League this season if they sign Saul Niguez, according to Jamie Redknapp. Chelsea have completed a loan deal for Saul with an option to buy.

Chelsea have started the season strongly under Thomas Tuchel and the addition of Lukaku has made the Stamford Bridge club title contenders in some people’s eyes.

Redknapp believes Chelsea are light in midfield and need to add a player like Saul to strengthen their resources.

He said on Sky Sports News: “Do you know how I see it? I reckon, what they’re probably thinking now, [N’Golo] Kante picked up an injury didn’t he against Liverpool at the weekend, they’ve got [Mateo] Kovacic, Jorginho.

“They might be feeling a little bit light in there and they also know this might be their year, this is a big chance.

“What you don’t want to do is leave yourself short with numbers in a certain area. Of course they’ve got other players who can play in midfield, Mason Mount can come and be one of the three in there.

“But if you can get a player like Niguez into the building, good experience, good player, that would make a lot of sense to me.

“Just to give yourself some cover and make sure you have options in that midfield area.”

Redknapp already reckons Chelsea will be competing for the top honours this term.

But when asked if a deal for Saul “confirms” his suspicions, he responded: “100 per cent. All the players right now are Champions League winners, so that belief is in their mind that they can do it.

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“You looked at the way they played against Liverpool, they’ve got good defenders, they’re strong in every department. So I think they are title contenders.”

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