Manuel Ugarte

Chelsea are pursuing a deal to sign Sporting CP midfielder Manuel Ugarte this summer as Mauricio Pochettino aims to reshape the squad ahead of next season.

Chelsea have submitted an improved salary offer to Manuel Ugarte as Mauricio Pochettino looks to complete his first signing at Stamford Bridge. The Sporting CP midfielder is admired by Pochettino and the Blues are actively looking to sign the Uruguayan.

This could see the Blues make more than one central midfield signing ahead of next season with Moises Caicedo among the players being considered by the club. However, a deal for Ugarte looks to be more advanced at this stage with the summer transfer window set to open on June 14.

Chelsea have now increased their salary offer to Ugarte after tabling an opening proposal of a £2million wage package, according to Record. The Blues have now offered a €3.5million (£3million) salary with various performance-based incentives and bonuses.

This comes after Record reported that Paris Saint-Germain had offered the 22-year-old a salary of €5million (£4.3million). Chelsea’s increased offer is still some way short of the Parisians’, yet Ugarte currently favours a move to west London over Paris.


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