Chelsea FC have given up on their pursuit of Sporting CP midfielder Manuel Ugarte, who is expected to sign for Paris Saint-Germain, and are now preparing a move for Brighton standout Moises Caicedo.
Both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain had triggered Ugarte’s £52 million release clause, but PSG won out when they decided to dramatically increase their offer. Ugarte appears to be moving from Sporting CP to PSG as a result, according to a source, who also understands that Chelsea are no longer interested in signing him.
Mauricio Pochettino wants to improve his midfield, so after stopping their search for Maneul Ugarte, they are now considering Caicedo. Although Brighton declined to let him depart in the middle of the season, Chelsea and Arsenal did attempt to sign him in January.
A source reports that Chelsea intends to make a player-plus-cash deal for the Ecuadorian, although manager Roberto De Zerbi has acknowledged Caicedo is now set to leave this summer.
According to the report, they have been “evaluating” who of their periphery players could be included to the deal as a benefit. The obvious choice would be Levi Colwill, who made a strong impression while on loan at Brighton and was the target of a £30 million offer from Brighton last week.
Although Pochettino is thought to be a fan of Colwill and see the 20-year-old defender as a vital player for the future, Chelsea turned down that offer. Alexis Mac Allister, a midfielder, is close to joining Liverpool, therefore Brighton will also possibly lose him this summer.
Additionally, Brighton is looking at free agents to strengthen their midfield as both Caicedo and Mac Allister are anticipated to depart. Mahmoud Dahoud allegedly reached an agreement with the Seagulls for a four-year contract when his Borussia Dortmund contract expired.
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After leaving Liverpool, James Milner was also frequently mentioned in connection with Brighton, and it now seems as though a deal has been reached. After Brighton placed sixth this season and qualify for European football the first time in their history, De Zerbi is eager to strengthen his team.
“I am really proud for this season, but we want to write our own history of our club for our fans, for ourselves,” De Zerbi proclaimed. “To qualify in the Europa League with Brighton is more important than winning the Premier League with a big, big team.”