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PSG Set To Meet £52m Release Clause For Sporting Lisbon Manuel Ugarte But Face Stiff Competition From Chelsea

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

After reports of an agreement with Bayern Munich Lucas Hernandez, PSG have now identified Sporting Lisbon Uruguayan midfielder Manuel Ugarteb as another transfer target and are set to table £52m offer to bring him to Paris but face stiff competition from Chelsea who already stole a march on them by sending representatives to hold talks with the Portuguese club.

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French gaint are determined to bring Manuel Ugarte to build thier midfield having agreed personal terms with France international defender Lucas Hernandez as they look to revamp the squad ahead of next season after a tumultuous season which has seen them fail in Europe.

It’s not just PSG that are in the running for his signature, Chelsea have reportedly informed Sporting Lisbon that they are prepared to pay Manuel Ugarte’s £52million release clause as the Blues make a last-ditch effort to beat them to his signature.

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Reports in France and Portugal on Thursday claimed that PSG were on the brink of completing a move for the Uruguayan midfielder as culled from Dailymail Sports.

Lisbon-based newspaper Correio da Manha said Ugarte would sign a five-year contract to join the French champions after PSG informed Ugarte’s agent Jorge Mendes that they would trigger the £52m clause in his contract.

Brazilian journalist Bruno Andrade has reported that Chelsea remain in the race for Ugarte, with the Blues having recently flown a representative to Lisbon.

The club are claimed to have told Sporting that they will also meet the clause, leaving Ugarte to decide between the two clubs.


Qatar Sports Investments, the owners of French champions Paris Saint-Germain, are in negotiations over acquiring a stake in Italian club Sampdoria, a source with knowledge of the matter told AFP on Thursday.

Having owned the French club since 2011, transforming them to one of the biggest force in football and also having a 22 percent stake in leading Portuguese side Braga, they are hoping to further expand its footballing empire to create a diverse portfolio.

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The source said that QSI is hoping to acquire a “minority stake” in Sampdoria, the club from the Mediterranean port city of Genoa who are already condemned to relegation from Serie A with two games of this season remaining.

The same source also confirmed that QSI are interested in investing in Brazilian club Santos, the former team of Pele and current PSG star Neymar, as well as Spanish outfit Malaga.

It has become increasingly commonplace in recent years for multiple clubs in different countries to be in the hands of the same owners, a typical example is Manchester City, the flagship of the City Football Group.

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