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Chelsea take major step in Manuel Ugarte transfer as Mauricio Pochettino green lights £52m move

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Chelsea transfer news: The Blues look to have made their first major move in the summer window with a midfield signing appearing close

Chelsea look as though they are starting to make major moves ahead of the summer transfer window opening with their first potential signing identified. As reported at the start of May, the Blues have agreed a deal for Mauricio Pochettino to become their new head coach and plans for the summer appear in full effect already.

On the list of options to fill that role is Moises Caicedo, Declan Rice and Manuel Ugarte and it looks likely that all three could leave their respective clubs this summer. Arsenal have shown strong interest in Caicedo and Rice, while Paris Saint-Germain are pushing to sign Ugarte in the early stages of the window, but they look set to face some stiff competition.

On Thursday, it was claimed by Record in Portugal that Ugarte was close to joining PSG after the Parisians made a €60million (£51m) bid which met his release clause. However, Chelsea have now aggressively hit back in the summer saga, with Portuguese outlet A Bola reporting in addition to paying his release clause, Chelsea will offer several bonuses to Ruben Amorim's side, with Ugarte also said to prefer a Premier League move.

Despite likely spending at least £50million, if Chelsea were to sign Ugarte it has been suggested that the club may allow Ugarte to re-join Sporting on loan. However, that seems highly unlikely given the 22-year-old's qualities are desperately needed immediately at Stamford Bridge