Revealed: PSG drafted legal complaint amid reports Chelsea could buy stake in Sporting CP in Manuel Ugarte transfer battle

Unveiled: PSG prepared a legal case amid rumors that Chelsea would purchase a stake in Sporting CP in the competition to sign Manuel Ugarte.

WHAT OCCURED? Although Ugarte’s release clause in his Sporting contract was finally activated by PSG, triggering a transfer agreement, L’Equipe of France stated that Chelsea had also been considering purchasing a minority part in Sporting in addition to Ugarte.

Even though Chelsea won’t be playing in Europe next season, they are still regarded as “regulars” in the Champions League and Europa League, just like Sporting. This is because UEFA regulations prohibit the same owners from holding control of two clubs in any of its competitions.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Neither Sporting nor Chelsea responded on the news, but it’s been reported that PSG prepared a legal letter that they wanted to submit to Sporting over worries about Chelsea’s role and the ‘purity’ of Ugarte’s potential move to Stamford Bridge.

Manuel Ugarte

Additionally, PSG apparently thought Sporting were pressuring Ugarte to sign with Chelsea due to the rumored financial arrangement on the table.

Of course, it is now clear that Ugarte is moving to PSG in tandem with Marco Asensio from Real Madrid, and sources indicate he will shortly be introduced to the French club. When PSG learned that Chelsea was prepared to purchase a stake in Sporting in order to facilitate their own acquisition, they wrote the letter.

Of course, it is now clear that Ugarte is moving to PSG in tandem with Marco Asensio from Real Madrid, and sources indicate he will shortly be introduced to the French club. When PSG learned that Chelsea was reportedly offering to purchase a Sporting interest in order to facilitate their own deal for Ugarte, they wrote the letter, and Chelsea later withdrew from the race to sign him once their purported scheme was revealed in L’Equipe’s first article.

THEN WHAT? Given that Chelsea withdrew and the letter was still in draft form, it seems unlikely that there will be any significant consequences for the clubs involved. However, the breakdown of Hakim Ziyech’s January transfer to Chelsea was reported to have strained relations between PSG and Chelsea.

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