French football club Paris Saint Germain are set to trigger Manuel Ugarte’s release clause. The reports have come in as a setback to English clubs Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea who were fighting for signatures of the Sporting Lisbon star.
Ugarte moved from Famalicao to Sporting in 2021 for a reported transfer fee of £10 million. He has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League with Liverpool running in the lead to sign the Uruguay star.
Earlier Ugarte’s agent was asked about his client’s future regarding which he said that there were “many possibilities. “Jorge Chijane said: “Liverpool? There is a lot of talk, but it is not the only club, there are others. There is much talk, but I am still not sure about the club. There are many possibilities on the table.”
Chijane added:” It’s almost certain that he won’t stay, it’s sure he’ll leave. I believe that in 15 days the situation will be resolved.
“Soon I’ll be in Lisbon. I trust Jorge Mendes, who is the best agent in the world. In fact, when I told him about Ugarte for the first time, he said to me: ‘Your eyes are my eyes’.”
Soon after these comments however Sporting Lisbon had forbidden the player of holding any similar talks. The Portuguese side even threatened Liverpool with a case of harassing their player and holding sanctions by UEFA.
As it now seems, however, it is PSG who are leading the race to sigh the Uruguay player. According to French magazine L’Equipe, PSG are all set to pay €60 million and trigger Ugarte’s release clause.
The French giants have won League 1 as they have garnered 84 points in 36 matches. With 2 more matches to go in the season, the star-studded team has swept away the challenge from Lens and Marseille to win the coveted League trophy.
With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi in their line up, fans would never want less than that. The team however looks set to go through a shake-up as Neymar is reported to be in contact with Manchester United. Lionel Messi on the other hand is also expected to return to Barcelona for a last hurrah. It would be interesting to see how the new look PSG side performs next season.