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Do Chelsea need Manuel Ugarte after £105m Enzo Fernandez signing?
FootballTransfers exclusively revealed Chelsea's interest in the player on 3 May - and they remain insistent on signing the player.
The Uruguay international has already been associated with PSG this summer, with the Ligue 1 champions having reportedly matched the player’s release clause of €60 million in order to trigger contract talks. Reports from Portugal even claimed the deal was done.
But Chelsea had the opportunity to respond and have reportedly taken that, with Pochettino okaying the deal.
Romano stresses that the player has yet to make a decision over his future.
Do Chelsea need Manuel Ugarte and Enzo Fernandez?
Fernandez was meant to be the answer to the Blues' midfield problems so why are they trying to sign another one?
Well, it has nothing to do with the Argentine's performances. In fact, he has been brilliant in a terrible Chelsea side.
Hope Chelsea fans start to understand not all players from the academy are “proper Chels”, Enzo Fernandez who just joined in January has shown more heart than majority of the squad.
— Mod (@CFCMod_) May 29, 2023
The reason is that Fernandez has been made to play deeper than he would like, even though he is still excellent in that role.
The World Cup winner's passing ability and vision means he is capable of creating chances in the final third.
So, to allow him the freedom to do this, Chelsea need to sign a holding midfielder that will happily stay back and protect the defence.
That will be Ugarte's job if he is signed by the west London club.