The print edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur will be watching Sporting Lisbon midfielder Manuel Ugarte closely during the World Cup.
Ugarte has come on leaps and bounds since his switch to Sporting back in the summer of 2021 and has established himself as a mainstay in midfield for Ruben Amorim’s side this season.
Tottenham got themselves a close look at the 21-year-old, who impressed in the Champions League Group D fixtures between the two sides.
Portuguese Jornal de Noticias reported back in October that the north London club had sent scouts to watch Ugarte on multiple occasions this season.
A Bola now state that Antonio Conte’s side will be watching the youngster closely in Qatar. The report states that the midfielder has shown ‘impressive growth’ over recent years and is expected to play a key role for Uruguay at the World Cup.
It is suggested that Ugarte is on the radar of several clubs around Europe and is one of the ‘most coveted’ players in Sporting’s current squad.
Spurs Web Opinion
I do not think Ugarte’s value is likely to shoot up due to the World Cup, mostly because do not expect the Sporting player to feature much in the tournament. The Uruguayan midfield is a hard one to get into, with the likes of Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde and Matias Vecino being ahead of the 21-year-old in the pecking order.
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