The Daily Mail‘s transfer updater for today starts with a segment on Chelsea’s hunt for a central midfielder.
There are a variety of interesting options opening up for us, but it seems Manuel Ugarte leads the way. The Sporting CP man has a €60m release clause which the paper suggests Chelsea have already agreed to pay. Now it’s down to the Uruguayan to pick between London and Paris.
If he goes for the latter, there are no shortage of other options on our shortlist. The piece lists 3 others we’re apparently keen on, all of which are fairly well established in the rumour mill by now.
There’s Romeo Lavia, suddenly looking a lot cheaper now that Southampton have been relegated, but will stay carry a pretty heavy Premier League premium having already picked up a good number of games in the top flight.
The same goes for Moises Caicedo who has been key to Brighton’s great season. The Seagulls may have accepted they’re going to let him go, but they have a lot of leverage before they do so to get a huge fee.
If he proves too expensive, our relative bargain buy from outside the league could be Youssouf Fofana from Monaco. We haven’t heard as many links to him, but he’s well regarded by those who know the French league and our growing links with the Monegasques could swing things in his favour.