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Pochettino approves Chelsea move for Ugarte

Mauricio Pochettino is understood to have approved Chelsea’s interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Manuel Ugarte.

Pochettino will take charge of Chelsea next season after agreeing a deal to become the club’s next head coach and attention has now turned to the summer transfer window and improving from a disastrous campaign.

 

Chelsea ended the Premier League season 12th, the club’s lowest league finish since 1994 and 30 points worse off than the 2021/22 campaign.

Chelsea have been linked with the addition of a defensive midfielder and the west Londoners are understood to be interested in Ugarte. The Uruguay international has had a breakout campaign at Sporting Lisbon and led Portugal’s Primeira Liga for duels won and tackles made this season.

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Pochettino has approved a Chelsea move for Ugarte, whose contract at Sporting contains a release clause of around £52m.

Chelsea face competition fort he 21-year-old from Paris Saint-Germain however, who have submitted a proposal to sign Ugarte.

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