Chelsea have signed midfielder Saul Niguez on mortgage for the season from Atletico Madrid.
Saul will be part of Chelsea for an preliminary charge of £3.4m (€4m), with the Blues having the choice to make the deal everlasting for £30m (€35m) subsequent summer time.
The 26-year-old, who was a part of Diego Simeone’s title-winning facet final season, made greater than 300 appearances for Atletico after breaking into the primary crew as a 17-year-old in 2012.
Saul instructed Chelsea’s web site: “I’m very excited to start out this new problem with Chelsea.
“Blues followers; I’m certainly one of you now and I am unable to wait to put on the shirt, begin coaching and see all of you. See you quickly!”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We welcome Saul to the membership and imagine he completes our squad as we compete for honours in 5 totally different competitions this season.
“He’s a confirmed winner, a participant with large expertise and we all know he can be very well-suited to the challenges that face us on all fronts within the coming 12 months.”
In addition to successful La Liga final season, Saul additionally gained two Europa League titles and the Copa del Rey throughout his time with Atletico.
The 26-year-old has 19 caps for Spain, though he has not performed for his nation for practically two years.
Saul’s arrival was confirmed after the Premier League switch window closed at 11pm on Tuesday night time, however was allowed to go forward because the paperwork was submitted in time.
He’s Chelsea’s third and remaining signing of the summer time, following the arrival of third-choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli from Fulham and the club-record buy of Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Nonetheless, the Blues have been unable to finish the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after the La Liga facet positioned a price ticket of near €80m (£68.7m) on the France worldwide.
Kounde was eager to affix Chelsea, however the European champions didn’t up their supply from round €50m (£42.9m).