Atlético Madrid may just have done Crystal Palace a huge favour - Our View
On transfer deadline day, Crystal Palace’s £14m capture of Odsonne Edouard wasn’t the only Premier League business in the headlines.
Impressively, Chelsea managed to secure the signing of Saúl Ñíguez from Atlético Madrid on a season-long loan.
The 19-cap Spain international is a player of real pedigree, having won La Liga, the Europa League (twice), the UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Club with Atlético Madrid.
In allowing the 26-year-old to join Chelsea, Atlético Madrid may just have done Crystal Palace a huge favour.
How have Atlético Madrid helped Crystal Palace?
Well, the signing of Saúl adds another centre-midfielder to Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
If the new boy does well in west London, then you’d assume Chelsea would like to sign him on a permanent basis.
If that happens, it would shove Conor Gallagher further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, which might leave him a little disillusioned.
In that case, the 21-year-old will hopefully seek pastures new, and potentially choose to join Crystal Palace on a permanent basis.
Dream scenario for Crystal Palace
It’s always painful to fall in love with a loanee.
The Eagles found that out the hard way after failing to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently, after he starred on loan in SE25 back in 2017/18.
It also happened with Mamadou Sakho. However, on that occasion, the Reds were happy to sell, albeit for the hefty price of £26m.
Therefore, if Chelsea do sign Saúl and the impressive Gallagher opts to join Patrick Vieira’s side full-time, it would be a dream for the south Londoners.
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