Sporting now believe £52m star will leave amid growing Liverpool interest

Sporting Lisbon are now reportedly coming to the realisation that Manuel Ugarte is leaving the club this summer, with Liverpool chasing the 22-year-old midfielder.

According to Record, the Portuguese giants are taking stock ahead of the transfer window, and the Uruguayan international’s departure is now something Sporting are accepting will happen this summer, with Liverpool one of the sides interested in Ugarte.

With a €60m (£52m) release clause, Ugarte has been one of the breakout stars in European football this season, and Sporting now look set to rake in a major profit from the South American bruiser, and Liverpool could be the midfielder’s next destination.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been heavily linked with a move for Ugarte as Liverpool look ready to overhaul their midfield options this summer, and as a long-term replacement for Fabinho, the Sporting star could be the perfect fit for the Reds.

Indeed, reports have recently claimed that Liverpool have scouted Ugarte this month, and this news could persuade the Merseyside giants to make a move for the Sporting midfielder, who could be a great addition to the Anfield side in the summer.

Sporting’s latest stance on Ugarte should be a sign for Liverpool to strike

Ugarte has been nothing short of incredible this season in both domestic and European football this season. And with Sporting now coming to terms that the 22-year-old will be on the move this summer, Liverpool have to strike now to bring the youngster to the Premier League.

Midfield depth is key for Liverpool heading into the new year, and in a player like Ugarte, the Reds will have a talent who can both provide cover for a key figure in Fabinho as well as one day replace the Brazilian international once his time at Anfield comes to an end.