Pochettino reportedly set to sign £52m-rated midfielder days after Chelsea unveiling

Pochettino's first signing could be Manuel Ugarte

Pochettino reportedly set to sign £52m-rated midfielder days after Chelsea unveiling

Akan Anwankwo 14:20 - 29.05.2023

Mauricio Pochettino first Chelsea signing could be Manuel Ugarte as the London club are reportedly ready to trigger the £52m buy-out clause of the midfielder.

Mauricio Pochettino will be wasting no time after his unveiling as Chelsea boss as he is reportedly set to make his first signing in the coming days.

It is understood that the former Tottenham boss wants to sign defensive midfielder Manuel Ugarte who currently plies his trade with Sporting Lisbon.

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Manuel Ugarte

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Blues will have to cough out £52million to trigger the release clause for the talented Uruguayan midfielder.

The 22-year-old has also been linked with French champions Paris Saint-Germain who also tabled a reasonable fee but reports claim the Uruguayan wants a move to the Premier League.

With Matteo Kovacic set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, Ugarte would form a formidable partnership with Enzo Fernandez.

There will be no continental engagements for Chelsea next season after finishing 12th in the Premier League.

And Pochettino is expected to rebuild a Chelsea side who last won the league in 2016 under the supervision of Antonio Conte.

The ex-PSG gaffer reportedly signed a two-year deal with an option of a further year to prove to his employers he is capable of bringing the glory days back to the West London club.