June 5, 2023 update: Chelsea have now dropped out of the race for Manuel Ugarte, due to the cost of the transfer. PSG now have a free pass at the Uruguayan and are confident of finalising the transfer within next week.
Manuel Ugarte is a target not only for PSG but also for Chelsea this summer. The midfielder has attracted a lot of interest from top clubs all over Europe. And it is expected that he will be taking up a new challenge next season.
The player has made 47 appearances for Sporting CP this season, and is one of their most valued assets. He is also a target for Liverpool, but a concrete offer hasn’t been made as of yet.
Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool to battle for Manuel Ugarte this summer
PSG are well informed on the situation, and have made a proposal to sign him. Their bid is reportedly worth €60 million, which is the same as the release clause in his contract.
Chelsea are rumoured to have matched the French club’s offer, and now the player needs to decide between the Premier League and the Ligue 1. However, while the Blues already have a very stacked squad, they lack a traditional number six apart from N’Golo Kante.
Manuel Ugarte could fill that hole in their squad, but they will need to let go of several players this summer to meet FFP regulations. PSG, on the other hand, have identified their defensive midfield as an area that needs improvement. In spite of signing Fabian Ruiz, Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler and Vitinha last summer, they need a new midfielder and could land the Uruguayan if terms are fully agreed.