The battle for 22-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Manuel Ugarte’s signature has intensified between Ligue 1 leaders Paris-Saint Germain and Premier League heavyweights Chelsea FC. Sporting Portugal’s talented player, who possesses a €60m release clause, has already reached provisional terms with PSG, as revealed yesterday.
Sporting Advisor Luís Campos is eager to expedite the player’s arrival and secure him as the first signing of the summer transfer window for the Parisian club. However, Chelsea and Newcastle United, both Premier League clubs, are determined to challenge Ugarte’s initial decision to join PSG.
They are actively attempting to lure him away from the French capital. According to Sports Zone, Ugarte has not yet given his final approval to Les Parisiens, and Chelsea is now engaging in accelerated negotiations to convince him to choose London over Paris.
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Although Ugarte had been hoping to join Liverpool until last week, talks appeared to stall with the club, prompting his entourage to urge him to finalize a deal with PSG, as they believe it aligns better with his aspirations.
Manchester United, who had also expressed interest in recent weeks, have not been in contact recently. Thus, Ugarte’s choice lies between Chelsea and PSG. Correio da Manha reports that PSG has made it clear they are willing to match Sporting’s asking price and offer him a five-year contract.
The decision-making process for Ugarte is now crucial, as he weighs his options between the two formidable clubs vying for his services. The interested clubs believe that the player will become one of the best in the world in his position.
Both Chelsea and PSG have demonstrated their determination to secure his talent by matching the financial demands set by Sporting Portugal. Ultimately, Ugarte must assess the potential of each project and decide which club will provide the best platform for his future development and success.