Manuel Ugarte ‘prefers a move to Chelsea FC over PSG, with the Blues willing to pay the £52 million release clause plus bonuses’ for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.
The defensive midfielder, 22, is expected to move on this summer, with clubs across Europe interested in signing him following his excellent displays for Sporting this season.
Chelsea FC’s pursuit of Manuel Ugarte has gained momentum, with the Sporting Lisbon midfielder apparently preferring a transfer to Stamford Bridge over a move to PSG.
Chelsea FC have begun talks with Ugarte, whose contract has a £53 million release clause.
For the Portuguese team this season, Ugarte has made 47 appearances. Over the previous year, he has also established himself as a regular for his country.
Manuel Ugarte may become Mauricio Pochettino‘s first signing as the Blues boss, according to Portuguese publication Record, who now claim that Ugarte would prefer a move to Chelsea over PSG this summer.
His £52 million release clause as well as an additional £4 million in bonuses would be paid by Chelsea in the deal.
In exchange, David Datro Fofana could be loaned out to Sporting from Stamford Bridge.
Fofana joined Chelsea from Norwegian club Molde for an undisclosed amount in January.
Having only four appearances, including one start in a loss to Southampton at halftime, the Ivorian forward has had limited chances.
Last week, there were rumors in France and Portugal that PSG was close to signing the Uruguayan midfielder.
According to Correio da Manha, a newspaper located in Lisbon, Ugarte could sign a five-year contract to play for the French champions.
On Monday, the Blues officially announced the former Tottenham manager’s employment on a two-year contract with an option for a third year.
In preparation for the upcoming season, Mauricio Pochettino starts work on July 1 and be joined by his dependable backroom staff, including Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez, his son Sebastiano Pochettino, and goalie coach Toni Jimenez.