Newcastle United Transfer News: Newcastle United are reportedly looking to acquire Manuel Ugarte for the next season, as reported by Jornal de Noticias via SportWitness. This season, the 22-year-old has been phenomenal for Sporting CP. The Magpies are reportedly in the lead but there is strong interest from other Premier League teams.
Before the 2021–22 season, Ugarte signed with Sporting CP. Over the past few seasons, he has steadily improved. Recently, a number of teams have shown interest in signing him. The 22-year-old has played in 43 games so far this season for the Portuguese club.
He has played more than 3200 minutes as Sporting’s starting midfielder. Apparently, Newcastle sent scouts to their quarterfinal match against Juventus in the Europa League to check him out. His quick pace of work also won them over.
The Uruguayan national team player is under contract with the club until the summer of 2026. Given the high demand for his services, he may be switching teams this summer. His contract has a €60 million release clause, which might be his asking price in the forthcoming summer transfer window.
His current club in Portugal will want to increase his release clause to €80 million if he signs a contract extension. The player’s agent, though, is adamant about not signing a new contract until the player is traded to a bigger team in the summer.
Newcastle United Transfer News: The 22-year-old midfielder Manuel Ugarte of Sporting CP has caught the attention of Premier League club Newcastle United
And Newcastle United would want to add the 22-year-old defender to their midfield. The Magpies are now trying to qualify for the Champions League, and they have a good chance of doing so.
To participate in European competition and take the next step toward becoming one of the largest teams in England, Eddie Howe is interested in boosting his midfield for the next season.
Since their takeover, Newcastle has been very successful in the transfer window. They have specifically gone for promising young players. The 22-year-old also has a resume that clubs want to see. Therefore, they are prepared to give it their all.
Given their resources, they should have no trouble meeting the €60 million release clause. However, the Magpies may face stiff competition from other Premier League clubs that are also keen on signing him.