Chelsea have ‘already asked’ about signing Atlético Madrid star Saúl Ñíguez, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The midfielder lost prominence in the 2020/21 season as he made only 22 league starts in their title winning campaign.

For the past few months, reports coming out of Spain have stated the 26-year-old has plans to leave Los Rojiblancos in the summer.

Mundo now explain the La Liga winners ‘would not frown on’ the player leaving the Wanda Metropolitano because he is no longer an untouchable in the squad. Atlético ‘welcome the sale’ of Saúl, who is ‘determined’ to leave the club.

The Spain international’s exit will help Diego Simeone’s side to make money and the funds can be used to undertake incoming operations. According to the claims, the Madrid based club would accept a fee of €80m for Saúl.

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It won’t be easy to find a suitor that’s willing to meet Atlético’s demands to take the Spaniard away from his current club. 

However, Mundo adds that in the ‘last few hours, several interested parties have appeared’. This includes Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are now in the picture to sign Saúl and the Champions League winners have ‘already asked’ about him. That’s about the only information Mundo mentions about Chelsea in today’s report.