Report: Liverpool relief with Chelsea already regretting Saul Niguez transfer
Reports from Italy are suggesting that Chelsea are already considering whether signing Saul Niguez was a good idea, while Liverpool can look on with a sense of relief.
Calciomercato claims that the Blues are questioning whether bringing in Niguez was the right play. The Spaniard has struggled to have any impact thus far, and his loan move appears to be looking an odd one for now.
Chelsea managed to sign Niguez on a season-long loan. They could, if they wanted, make that deal permanent in the summer. At the time, Thomas Tuchel beat Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to the signing, per reports.
Spanish media had claimed Liverpool were willing to spend around £34m on Niguez, as they sought a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.
But looking on now, the Reds can be delighted they hung fire and missed out on a deal.
Chelsea’s loss is Liverpool’s gain
It must be satisfying for the Reds to look on and see Niguez struggling to make an impact. He was clearly a player they wanted, but he obviously opted for Stamford Bridge at the 11th hour.
Jurgen Klopp will be delighted. Not only has the club saved over £30m which can be used elsewhere in the squad. But he’s also been able to give minutes to the likes of Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones. Granted, Elliott is now out injured, but he looked the real deal before that.
For Saul Niguez, he faces a crucial few months at Chelsea. He’ll need a big winter, when games come thick and fast, to show he can contribute to the cause under Tuchel. We all know the German coach can be ruthless.
Liverpool, meanwhile, can rest safe in the knowledge they’ve avoided a potential transfer slip up here. Money is hardly falling out of the coffers at Anfield, so a splurge of over £30m on a player not producing would have gone down like a lead balloon with fans and FSG.