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Chelsea sign Atletico’s Saul on loan

Chelsea on Tuesday secured the late deadline day loan signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

The deal was thrown into doubt as the transfer had not been confirmed by either club before the midnight CET deadline.

Local media said the delay was caused by a problem with with LaLiga’s transfer registration system, however, and the documentation had been correctly submitted in time.

The Spain international, who came through the Atleti academy after joining aged 13 and made 340 appearances for the club, joins Chelsea on a temporary basis until the end of the season.

Local media reports said the European champions had paid a 5 million euro ($5.90 million) loan fee to secure his services, with a 40 million euro option to buy included in the deal.

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