Tottenham scouts 'actively monitoring' £52m World Cup midfield star - journalist
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keeping tabs on Sporting CP star Manuel Ugarte.
This is according to Dean Jones, who told GiveMeSport a deal in 2023 could be on the cards for Spurs.
Last month, Record reported that Tottenham have joined Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Ugarte.
However, the 21-year-old is apparently in talks over a new contract which will increase his release clause to £69m.
Antonio Conte is well aware of what Ugarte – currently with a reported £52m clause – can offer to Spurs.
He helped his side to a 2-0 win against Tottenham in the Champions League in September.
It seems like Conte likes what he has seen from Ugarte in Spurs’ two games against Sporting this season.
The midfielder is currently on international duty with Uruguay at the World Cup.
And Jones reckons Conte’s scouts are monitoring Ugarte with a view to a potential future move.
“I think Tottenham scouts will be actively monitoring him at the World Cup,” he told GiveMeSport.
“And although it might be hard to do a deal in January, it might be something that Spurs look at in the summer.”
‘One of the most exciting players’
Tottenham are currently alright for defensive midfielders. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur are both in good form.
Nonetheless, Ugarte is a top talent who’d be a superb asset for any top team.
As per FBref, he has ranked in the 99th percentile for tackles, the 98th for interceptions and the 99th for blocks among his positional peers over the last year.
In May 2020, scouting website Target Scouting deemed Ugarte ‘one of the most exciting players in Uruguay at the moment’, adding that ‘he has a bright future ahead of him’.
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