Journalist Franco Fernandez has claimed that Chelsea are closing in on Manuel Ugarte as their first signing of this summer.
He took to twitter to say that the 22-year-old is close to signing a six-year contract with the Blues, with his desire being to join a Premier League side.
However, many clubs have already been reported to be interested in Ugarte. Interest has come from England and abroad for the Sporting Lisbon star.
Above all, he has had a highly prosperous season in Portugal, and whenever he has faced English opponents, he has made the most of his opportunities to showcase his abilities.
Moreover, Ugarte performed well against both Arsenal and Tottenham in Europe this season. Showing he has what it takes to matchup with the best the league has to offer.
Chelsea has their eyes set on Ugarte
Fernandez has now claimed that Chelsea are very close to confirming the midfielder as their first signing of the summer.
However, according to his recent statement, journalist Franco Fernandez revealed, “Manuel Ugarte is on the verge of joining Chelsea as a new player. The deal involves a six-year contract and a transfer fee of around 65 million Euros. His aspiration to play in the Premier League is edging closer.”
Reportedly, Chelsea has prioritized the acquisition of a midfielder at Stamford Bridge as they aim to find the ideal complement to Enzo Fernandez for the upcoming seasons.
However, reports suggest that Mauricio Pochettino is on the verge of being appointed as the permanent manager. And it’s likely that he already has several targets in mind for the central midfield position.
Moreover, one player who has been linked with Chelsea is Moises Caicedo from Brighton. The Blues reportedly made an official bid for him in January. Indicating their interest in securing his services.
However, persuading Caicedo to leave Brighton might prove challenging. As the club recently secured qualification for the Europa League, potentially making him more inclined to stay with the Seagulls.
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