Tottenham now reportedly want to sign £52m midfielder who's 'just like Tchouameni'
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Tottenham now reportedly want to sign £52m midfielder who's 'just like Tchouameni'

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Sporting CP’s Manuel Ugarte in recent months.

Back in September, Record – via Sport Witness – claimed Spurs had made contact over the Uruguay international.

Now, with the January transfer window looming, Record has provided another update on Tottenham and Ugarte.

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The Portuguese outlet claims Spurs could soon step up their efforts to sign the 21-year-old midfielder.

This is in wake of Sporting reportedly failing in their latest round of talks to tie Ugarte down to a new contract.

His release clause currently stands at £52m, which Sporting doesn’t believe will put off Tottenham.

They want to increase his wages, and force any team to pay £70m to activate his release clause.

‘Well-suited to Klopp’s gegenpress’

Truth be told, a holding midfielder probably isn’t high on Antonio Conte’s wishlist right now.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur are both shining for Tottenham.

Then you have Oliver Skipp and Yves Bissouma waiting in the proverbial wings.

Nonetheless, Ugarte is a top talent who’d offer competition for Hojbjerg and Bentancur right away.

Whether Tottenham would be willing to spend £50m plus on such a player in January remains to be seen, however.

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Earlier this year, Liverpool.com published an opinion article urging the Reds to look at Ugarte.

‘A tenacious midfielder who reads the game well and is blessed with astute technical ability, Ugarte’s best asset is his ability to intercept the ball and break up opposition attacks,’ they wrote.

‘Just like Tchouameni, while Ugarte is comfortable in the holding midfield role, he can also slot in as a number eight and provide a box-to-box role if necessary.

‘He is still extremely raw and there are plenty of flaws in his game to be ironed out.

‘For example, he needs to win more defensive duels in order to become a complete holding midfielder.

‘But considering Liverpool are looking for cover in Fabinho’s position and not necessarily a long-term successor, Ugarte could be an ideal profile.

‘At 21 years of age, he is still extremely young, and there is plenty about him to admire.

‘His competent reading of the game as well as his boisterous energy and creative distribution all make him well-suited to Klopp’s gegenpress and a player who could flourish in the three-man Liverpool midfield.’

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