In an interview with Sporting TV, Frederico Varandas said, this Thursday, that Manuel Ugarte is still a player for the club and not for PSG. However, he admitted that the Uruguayan midfielder has a 95% chance of leaving.
“Ugarte is a great player. Excellent character and great professional.
“He could leave for two big European clubs, one is known as he himself said, PSG… Chelsea? I don’t comment. Two clubs beat the value of the clause. They made him proposals from the point of view of his career and salary, first he opted for one, then changed to another, as is normal. We said the conditions that would be the value of the clause and other costs that we understand that the buying club has to assume. It is not yet black and white with PSG, there are another club willing to give this value, I think it will hardly stay at Sporting”, admitted the leonine manager.
“We will have to sell, but it will not be a catastrophic scenario”, emphasized Frederico Varandas, guaranteeing that Sporting will not sell any more players “that we consider nuclear”.
The president of Sporting assured that the club will “surely” buy a striker, and the Swedish Gyökeres, from Coventry, “is one of those referenced”.
“Our pre-season is independent of the market, the truth is that we believe there are many young players who were already in the squad, but who will grow from a competitive point of view,” said the president of Sporting.
On the other hand, he admitted that the 2022/23 season did not go sportingly well. “We have to be more effective,” he pointed out, by the way.