According to journalist Rodrigo Romano, Liverpool has been in contact with the representatives of Sporting CP defensive midfielder Manuel Ugarte about a possible transfer in the summer.
The Merseysiders are performing below expectations this season, as seen by their current fifth-place standing. They will need help from Manchester United or Newcastle United to finish in the top four and make the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp has said that despite the team’s troubles this season, Liverpool is still a desirable destination for players. For the Reds, the center of the pitch has been a problem, so much so that Klopp has had to make adjustments to his system in order to maximize effectiveness.
In order to help Fabinho get back on track, Trent Alexander-Arnold has been filling in at inverted fullback. However, apart from the injured Stefan Bajcetic, Fabinho is Liverpool’s sole true defensive midfielder.
Liverpool has been in contact with the representatives of Sporting CP defensive midfielder Manuel Ugarte about a possible transfer in the summer
Ugarte, a teenage midfielder for Sporting Lisbon, has been one of Europe’s best this season. He has appeared in 45 games (in all competitions). Discussions between Liverpool and the Portuguese club have apparently progressed to the point where Liverpool will submit a contract to the club this week.
Liverpool supporters and media members have been demanding that the club add a defensive midfielder to Fabinho’s competition and insurance. Ugarte’s popularity indicates that some people believe he can help find a solution to the problem.
The Reds are reportedly not the only team monitoring the Uruguayan, as Aston Villa and Chelsea have also shown interest.
Whether or not the Reds are able to sign Ugarte is an open question. But if they do, he might provide their midfield a much-needed lift for the next season.
According to reports, Klopp is banking on a strong end to the current season and the promise of Champions League play to convince the midfielder to sign with the club.