Mauricio Pochettino wants Chelsea to sign Federico Valverde

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Mauricio Pochettino wants Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde to join Chelsea. According to Sport (via Football.London), Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has persuaded the club to try to lure Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde this summer. According to the report, an offer of roughly £85 million would be made to recruit the Uruguay international. However Valverde has been a key component of Real Madrid’s recent success.

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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to sign Federico Valverde

Los Blancos regards Valverde as untouchable and will not accept any bids for him. It remains to be seen whether Pochettino can conjure up some magic and spark the players’ enthusiasm in working with him. Valverde has also been in excellent form this season. He scored 12 goals and seven assists in 56 games across all competitions. However, with the anticipated arrival of Jude Bellingham, the player’s place in the starting XI could be put at risk.

Valverde is a versatile player who, while capable of playing box-to-box midfield, can also excel as a winger. In last year’s Champions League Final, the 24-year-old started on the right wing and assisted Vinicius Jr. with the game-winning goal. The Uruguayan is a manager’s delight not just because of his versatility, but also because of his ability to carry out tactical instructions on the pitch. Valverde is a strong runner having a decent shooting power. He can play short and long passes. Also he is good at recovery runs, and can practically operate as two players in one.

If Pochettino and Chelsea are able to sign him, he will be an excellent fit in the offensive number eight role under the Argentine at Stamford Bridge. However, it appears that the deal will be difficult to complete, owing to how highly Madrid regards the player. Furthermore, he is not playing frequently there. Chelsea are also looking for other midfielders, including Brighton’s Moises Caicedo and Sporting Lisbon’s Manuel Ugarte.

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