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Atlético Madrid may just have done Crystal Palace a huge favour - Our View

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Having scored two goals in two Premier League games already this season, every Crystal Palace fan is surely dreaming of this scenario.

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