Chelsea are three signings away from giving Mauricio Pochettino the perfect starting XI

It has been 50 days since Chelsea pulled out of the race to sign Manuel Ugarte from Sporting CP after Paris Saint-Germain took the initiative and ended up signing the midfielder.

At one stage, Chelsea were clear frontrunners for the Uruguay international, but PSG’s financial might proved too much for the Blues, who then ended their interest in the midfielder. When that mini ‘transfer saga’ was finished, another started – but this one has lasted even longer.

Chelsea quickly turned their attention to Moises Caicedo from Brighton, someone they were interested in signing in the January transfer window. Instead, the club ended up splashing out over £100m to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica, but almost six months after bringing the Argentine to England, Chelsea are back in for Caicedo.

Ever since the club turned their focus to signing Caicedo, it has proved frustrating for Chelsea. Everyone knows that Brighton are tough negotiators, but even the most pessimistic person at Chelsea would have believed that significant progress had been made at this point.

Chelsea and Brighton remain locked in talks over the possible sale of the 21-year-old, who signed a new long-term contract at the Amex Stadium earlier this year. Caicedo himself has made it absolutely clear that he wants to move to Stamford Bridge and understands Brighton have told him he can leave if the right offer comes their way.

The Blues are expected to bid again for Caicedo eventually, although they have already seen two offers rejected by the Seagulls. There is still confidence that Chelsea will get their man, but there doesn’t seem to be a quick fix available.

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Caicedo is Chelsea’s priority signing this summer. If the Blues can add the Ecuadorian to their midfield alongside the brilliant Fernandez, then there is a much better chance that Mauricio Pochettino can make this team competitive again.

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