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Newcastle United eyeing move for Sporting young midfielder Manuel Ugarte

Manuel Ugarte’s time at Sporting CP could soon end as a whole host of clubs are lining up to sign him.

As per British media, Newcastle United are eyeing move for Sporting midfielder Manuel Ugarte.

He only joined Sporting CP from Famalicão in 2021 for 6.5 million euros and his contract runs to June 2026.

The midfielder has made 29 appearances for Sporting but is yet to score or register an assist for them this season across all fronts.

Manuel Ugarte
Manuel Ugarte

The 21-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Uruguay. As a member of Uruguay national football team, Ugarte won six caps.

His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Newcastle.

The Magpies are looking to sign a midfielder and have identified the 21-year-old as potential transfer target.

The report details that Eddie Howe feels his midfield currently lacks some bite and that he could strengthen this summer. Howe is a firm fan of Sporting midfielder and Newcastle could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.

Newcastle United
Newcastle United

Newcastle United will have funds to spend in the market and it will be interesting to see how they approach the summer transfer window.

The former Famalicão man will add more quality to Newcastle’s midfield.

According to the report, “Newcastle United are eyeing a move for Sporting midfielder Manuel Ugarte. Record says the Portuguese side are hoping to keep the combative midfielder at José Alvalade Stadium beyond the summer, with the Magpies considering a move. The 21-year-old has ‘caught the eye’ of a number of clubs this season, with Eddie Howe’s side said to be among those interested. Sporting are in talks to offer the midfielder a new deal. However, with a reported release clause of €71million suggested in those talks over a new deal, Ugarte is said to not be keen on such a high asking price. The Uruguayan is keen on a new deal with talks set to continue.”

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The Portuguese giants feel under no pressure to sell and will “demand a significant fee” before letting him go.

A big money bid from Newcastle United could tempt Sporting into selling their prized asset.

Good signing for Newcastle United?

If Manuel Ugarte is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Newcastle.

The Premier League side need to add more depth to their midfield and the 21-year-old would be a good signing.

Stylistically, he would be a great fit at St. James’ Park.

How strong that interest is and whether Newcastle will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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