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Chelsea reportedly ready pay as much as £71.2m to land key Conte target

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern want to see some big players move to Stamford Bridge in the future. It’s clear that the Blues are one step behind some of their rivals in the Premier League, and a few big names are going to be needed as Antonio Conte looks to bridge the gap. With a lack of depth and a lack of overall quality, the Italian certainly has a big task on his hands over the coming months.

The manager clearly will want to bring in a few players to improve things at Chelsea, and someone that is apparently near the top of his list is Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez. According to Don Balon, the Blues are willing to pay up to £71.2 million to get the midfielder, who has impressed in Spain over the last few years. Unfortunately for Chelsea, though, a move looks unlikely, with Atletico Madrid reportedly keen to hold on to the 22-year-old.

A defensive midfielder by trade, Saul is one of Europe’s most talented young players. Able to tackle, pass and move the ball forward with ease, he is a player with so much quality. He’s established himself in Madrid as a vitally important player, and so it’s no real surprise that Atletico Madrid will want to hold on to him.

It won’t be an easy deal to find, but it has been proven in recent years that every player has a price. At present, though, Chelsea don’t look to be willing to match that price.

Landlord’s Verdict

A move looks unlikely, in truth. He is settled in Spain, and so he may not be open to leaving the club.

That said, he’d be a fantastic fit at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea’s depth in his position, central midfield, is very limited, and so he’d certainly have a role to play under Antonio Conte.

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