There has been significant interest in Sporting Lisbon’s Manuel Ugarta of late, and a move to the Premier League this summer could be on the horizon for the Uruguayan midfielder, according to Fabrizio Romano, as three clubs from the English top division are already in talks with agent Jorge Mendez. . Romano did not reveal the names of these clubs, but recent reports elsewhere have mentioned Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool and Spurs are expected to make significant changes to their squad at the end of the season after a failed campaign. Their efforts are expected to be further hampered by the likely absence of football in the Champions League next season; Spurs have already been eliminated and Liverpool still have a slim chance of qualifying. Chelsea, whose season was even worse, has long since fallen out of this picture.
Apparently, there is a €60m clause in Ugarte’s contract that, if triggered, would take the matter out of Sporting’s control.
The 22-year-old is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also play between free kicks if needed.
Jorge Mendez is concerned about the future of Manuel Ugarte. Talks with Premier League clubs will continue ahead of the summer move, a very concrete possibility. ✨🇺🇾🇵🇹 #transfers
There is interest from 3 PL clubs, but there is no agreement with any team yet. The race is open.
Buyout clause: 60 million euros. pic.twitter.com/bB1CNPkbMG
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 16, 2023