Mauricio Pochettino makes decision on top Chelsea transfer target

It won’t be until July 1 that Mauricio Pochettino can take over as manager at Stamford Bridge.

However, the former Tottenham manager is already making decisions about recruitment targets since the summer transfer window is already in full swing.

Sporting midfielder Manuel Ugarte was one of the Blues’ top targets going into the transfer window.

Mauricio Pochettino reportedly did not want the team to become involved in a bidding war for Manuel Ugarte, therefore PSG currently appears to be in the lead for the midfielder.

Fabrizio Romano noted on his YouTube channel that Chelsea was also interested in the Uruguayan international but did not want to end up overpaying for him, which seems reasonable given some of their relatively subpar transfer market activity over the past year or so.

When Mykhaylo Mudryk of Shakhtar was extensively linked to Arsenal back in January, Chelsea found itself in a similar predicament. The 22-year-old was ultimately signed by the west Londoners for a reputed €70 million cost.

However, Mudryk’s time at Stamford Bridge has been disappointing, with zero goals and two assists in his first 17 appearances. This transfer and undesirable statistic could have been easily averted had they allowed Arsenal to sign Mudryk instead.

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