Reportedly, Aston Villa is willing to match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in their pursuit of Sporting CP midfielder Manuel Ugarte. The Portuguese news site A Bola reports that Villa and Tottenham Hotspur are both prepared to match the Parisians’ expenditure. It’s expected that 22-year-old Ugarte will be leaving the Jose Alvalade Stadium this summer.
This comes after reports from France said PSG was ready to use a €60 million release clause to acquire his services. It is reported that the Parisians and the Uruguayan midfielder have reached an individual agreement.
Ugarte, though, has been identified as a priority signing for the Villains, according to the aforementioned source. Unai Emery and Mateu Alemany mentioned him in their conversation. The latter finally opted to remain with Barcelona rather than take the job as director of football at the Premier League side.
Ugarte has been a rock in the middle of the pitch for Ruben Amorim’s team all season long. He has appeared in 47 games (all competitions combined) and has assisted once. The Uruguayan is famous for his tackles and interceptions and is a terrific ball-winner.
The midfielder has two years left on his contract with Sporting, but he seems intent on leaving the club. Although PSG is now in the lead, they will need to fend off competition from Villa and Tottenham to secure his services.
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According to Get French Football News, Zinedine Zidane continues to be appreciated by PSG’s Qatari owners. The legendary Frenchman stepped down as manager of Real Madrid in 2021.
Several people have been speculated to succeed Christophe Galtier. The French head coach is leaving the Parc des Princes after just one season. However, his dismissal hinges on the French capital finding a suitable successor. Luis Campos’s openness to reuniting with Galtier appealed to PSG’s upper management. The French team under his supervision had a disappointing season, losing in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The club might have made a stronger effort to get Zidane last summer, according to some fans.
Zidane has never hidden his desire to lead the French national team. He has given the Parisians nothing but negative answers. The decision-makers at Parc des Princes may hire Jose Mourinho if they decide to give up on the former Madrid manager.