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Mauricio Pochettino Approves First Summer Signing for Chelsea
- Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly okayed Chelsea's pursuit of Sporting Lisbon star, Manuel Ugarte
- Ugarte is wanted at Stamford Bridge to partner with Enzo Fernandez in the central midfield department
- Pochettino has been charged with the responsibility of undertaking a major rebuild at the west London club
New Chelsea boss, Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly identified his first summer signing at Stamford Bridge.
Pochettino was officially confirmed as Chelsea's new manager on Monday, May 29, with the Argentine set to become interim manager Graham Potter's permanent replacement.
According to Metro UK, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss penned his contract with the west London club prior to Chelsea's final game of the season on Sunday against Newcastle United.
Pochettino's arrival at Stamford Bridge comes at a time the 2021 Champions League winners endured a disastrous 2022/23 campaign.
Chelsea could only rack up a paltry 44 points throughout the campaign, in what was their lowest tally in the history of the Premier League. They finished 12th.
Pochettino greenlights Chelsea's first signing
Pochettino is seemingly not wasting time in getting things back on track at the London club.
Reports claim the the former PSG boss has green-lighted Chelsea’s pursuit of Sporting Lisbon star, Manuel Ugarte.
According to Sky Sports, the Blues have held talks over signing the Uruguayan ace, who is thought to have a €60m release clause.
Chelsea's pursuit of Ugarte has been necessitated by the need for the club to find a formidable partner for Enzo Fernandez in central midfield.
Fernandez, a World Cup winner with Argentina, moved to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.
Sterling endorses Pochettino appointment
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Raheem Sterling believes that Chelsea made the right decision to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as the club's permanent manager
Pochettino was confirmed as the Blues' new boss on Monday, with the Argentine penning a two-year contract with the club.
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The ex-Tottenham manager has been out of a job for almost a year now, having been sacked at Paris Saint-Germain in 2022.
Poch has also previously managed Southampton.