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Chelsea losing race to snap up Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez

Manchester United are allegedly ahead of Chelsea in the hunt to seal the transfer of Atletico Madrid star Saul as a summer deal is described as being “very close” by Spanish newspaper AS.

The 20-time English champions are supposedly in the strongest position to win the transfer race for the signing of the midfielder, who could surely be a useful addition.

In spite of not being as much of a regular for Los Rojiblancos in recent times, he has had a great career in Madrid and could surely contribute a great deal to other elite sides around Europe.

The Blues had also been linked strongly with him by the Telegraph, but it now looks like a transfer to Old Trafford is more likely for Niguez.

Chelsea central defender poised to sign for London rivals

Chelsea star Kurt Zouma wants to continue his career at West Ham this summer and not at Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Daily Mirror.

However, while the 26-year-old is open to joining the Irons, the player could price himself out a transfer to the London Stadium.

It is understood that the Frenchman wants a deal worth £125,000 per week, which would make the former Saint-Etienne talent the highest-earning player in David Moyes’ roster.

The Mirror adds that the player’s wage demands could be a “stumbling block” as a £26 million sum has already been agreed between the clubs.

Chelsea still trying to clinch eye-catching transfer of Jules Kounde

Chelsea reportedly continue to negotiate a summer deal for the La Liga club Sevilla’s France international defender Jules Kounde, according to the latest reports.

The Blues are believed to be hopeful of getting a deal done for the player, but it could mean paying up a structured package worth approximately £90m in total, according to 90min.

He has impressed in his time in the Spanish top-flight, looking like one of the finest young centre-halves in Europe and like a player who would shine for almost any elite club.

The west Londoners have had a fine summer transfer market with their move for the Belgium centre-forward Romelu Lukaku, and adding a high-class defensive player would be another shrewd piece of business if possible.