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Release clause must be activated
Liverpool could be disappointed in an apparent midfield transfer chase, with a rival suitor triggering a release clause.
Among the many names mentioned in the wake of Liverpool’s move to pull out of Jude Bellingham is Sporting’s Manuel Ugarte. He stands out from the linked midfielders as one of the more defensive options, offering the kind of bite that many would argue Jürgen Klopp’s side have been lacking this season.
However, it appears his skills are also appreciated at PSG, with L’Equipe claiming the French giant is now in ‘very advanced talks’ with Ugarte. Once terms are agreed, Paris will have no problem activating its $64 million (£52 million/€60 million) release clause.
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Liverpool have been shopping in Portugal regularly during recent transfer windows. It remains to be seen whether that trend will continue after Julian Ward’s departure, with Jörg Schmadtke reportedly arriving with a focus on the Bundesliga.
It is worth noting that David Lynch has previously reported that Ugarte is not on Liverpool’s transfer radar, according to Anfield Index.
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Liverpool are still monitoring the situation in Bellingham
Admit it. You haven’t quite let go of that last bit of Bellingham hope, have you? I certainly haven’t, I’ve already played my cards in terms of how much I would love him at Liverpool.
With Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director confirming once again on Tuesday that no bid has still been received (The Athletic), the continued radio silence is enough to raise at least the slightest doubt in inquiring minds. Most likely, Real Madrid are simply keeping a respectful distance as the German side chases its first Bundesliga title in a decade. But until there is confirmation, hope springs eternally.
That fire has been fueled somewhat by Football Transfers, who have made the intriguing claim that Liverpool are still on the scene. ‘Some staff’ would think the Reds are ready to strike if the Real Madrid transfer falls through, even though the Spanish giant remains the favourite.
Interestingly, the same report claimed that Liverpool were reluctant to enter a bidding war with Manchester United over Mason Mount shortly before The Athletic confirmed the Red Devils were in the hot-seat. A similar level of accuracy in the Bellingham story would be a welcome development, even if it remains the longest of the long shots.
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