Chelsea ‘close deal to sign Manuel Ugarte from Sporting Lisbon after agreeing to pay MORE than the midfielder’s £52m release clause’ to see off competition from PSG

The race to capture highly desired Sporting Lisbon midfielder Manuel Ugarte has apparently been won by Chelsea.

Prior to his arrival at Stamford Bridge, incoming Blues manager Mauricio Pochettino is thought to have made signing the defensive midfielder his top goal.

PSG has shown a lot of interest in Ugarte, and the Ligue 1 winners appear to be preparing for a management change this summer with reports that Christophe Galtier will leave the Parc des Princes.

To beat out their rivals, Chelsea has agreed to pay more than the player’s £52 million release clause, according to a report from the Portuguese daily Record.

The Uruguayan international reportedly received more lucrative personal terms from PSG, but Chelsea were able to hijack the deal thanks to the player’s long-standing desire to play in the Premier League and Chelsea’s larger offer.

Ugarte will join Chelsea on a long-term contract, rumored to be worth more than six years and $57,000 per week, like many other players who have joined the club since Todd Boehly acquired the club last year.

The former Famalicao star will come to London this week for a medical. Pochettino might then make the player public as the club’s first signing.

Ugarte has received praise for his relentless tackling in the Primeira Liga while playing a key role in Ruben Amorim’s team that upset Arsenal to get to the Europa League semi-finals before being barely defeated by Juventus.

Pochettino may find himself worried about discipline, though. In his 31 games in the Portuguese top division, Ugarte received eleven bookings, which resulted in two suspensions.

In addition, the 22-year-old was dismissed for a foul on Bukayo Saka in extra time of the club’s Europa League victory over the Gunners.




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