‘Are We That Broke?’ ‘It’s A Negotiation Tactic’ Fans React As Journalist Claims Liverpool Are “Unwilling” To Pay £53M For Midfielder

Liverpool have been in talks with Sporting Lisbon for “two weeks” about signing Manuel Ugarte but they are “unwilling” to pay his €60m (£53m) release clause, according to journalist Jacque Talbot.

The FootballTransfers.com reporter claims that the Uruguayan international is expected to leave Sporting this summer, although a move to Anfield is far from certain at this stage:

Supporters on Twitter are not happy that the Reds are stringing out negotiations for Ugarte, although some are hoping that the club are just trying to get the best deal possible:

It is important to point out that Ugarte is only 22 years of age and he has limited experience at the very highest level so it is not unsurprising that Liverpool are reluctant to pay over £50m for him upfront.

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If we consider how the club negotiated with Benfica for Darwin Nunez last summer, it’s likely that the Reds want to include substantial add-ons based on performances and to make payments across a number of years. They may not want to take too long in negotiations, though, with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle having also been linked with the midfielder.

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