Report: Tottenham planning move for £53m Champions League player, Conte's already watched him this season
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Report: Tottenham planning move for £53m Champions League player, Conte's already watched him this season

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on signing Uruguayan midfielder, Manuel Ugarte, according to reports from Record in Portugal.

Spurs are said to be among the club who are planning a move for Ugarte, who has impressed for Sporting Lisbon this season. Indeed, Antonio Conte has watched him up close and personal as well, having seen Ugarte impress when Lisbon beat his Tottenham side 2-0 in the Champions League.

Record claims that Ugarte won’t be coming cheap, though. He’s thought to have a £53m release-clause as things stand but that is said to be on the way up, with Sporting looking to demand £70m instead.

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Of course, that sort of figure would make him Tottenham’s record signing. But Spurs have shown already they aren’t afraid to back Conte and if this is a player he really likes, then a move might be possible.

The January window and next summer will once again be busy ones. The World Cup this winter will also add spice to things, where it remains to be seen if clubs will try and swoop in January for players who impress in Qatar.

Ugarte, who plays as a defensive midfielder, is a teammate of Rodrigo Bentancur at international level.

TBR’s View: Ugarte Another For Tottenham To Watch

Not to say that Tottenham don’t have an interest here, but you get the feeling Ugarte is one of a number of names that will be mentioned between now and the summer.

Ugarte does look a quality player though and at 21, is a good age for Spurs to consider it a big, long-term investment.

Of course, there is a long way to go and Conte will no doubt have a list of other players he likes. But Ugarte is looking good and he did impress in the Champions League, so there is a lot to like.

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