Chelsea turn to Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia after refusing to match Paris Saint-Germain’s offer to Manuel Ugarte

After declining to match the compensation PSG is providing Manuel Ugarte, Chelsea is prepared to seek alternative candidates.

The Blues had been convinced that they would prevail in the competition to sign defensive midfielder Ugarte after making a bid to Sporting that exceeded his £55 million release clause.

But after being outclassed by the French champions, Chelsea is now planning to focus on Moises Caicedo of Brighton and Romeo Lavia of Southampton.

While the Blues’ head of recruiting Joe Shields is pushing for a move for Lavia after bringing the Belgian to the south coast from Manchester City, the new manager Mauricio Pochettino is a great fan of Caicedo.

At the beginning of July, Pochettino will assume managerial duties at Chelsea.

After a disastrous season in which they ended 12th, the Argentine has quite the task ahead of him to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.

Even though owner Todd Boehly spent more than £600 million on new players, such was the case.

Five academy graduates are probably going to go, which means the Blues’ overstuffed squad will need to be reduced.

Mason Mount and Manchester United have already begun discussing a deal, and Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah, and Callum Hudson-Odoi are other possible targets.

Sales will enable Pochettino to free up space for the new striker and goalie that are thought to be on his wishlist.




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