One of Paris Saint-Germain’s first significant summer transfer window signings is Sporting Lisbon midfielder, Manuel Ugarte. The capital club beat out Chelsea to land the Uruguayan to begin revamping the position.
Ugarte spoke with Record (h/t Paris Fans) to confirm his signing. Additionally, he shared his first words about joining the French giants and what the expectations are heading into Year 1 with PSG.
“The truth is that we now have to rest a bit and start everything at PSG,” Ugarte said. “I’m going to a giant club, I haven’t realized it yet, but I’m going to try to break everything. It’s true that Messi is leaving. It would have been amazing to play with him, but that’s football. I am very happy.”
The Sporting star is the first big money spending that sporting advisor Luis Campos has needed to fork over. Campos has been shrewd with his moves, either using free agency or buying low, such as reportedly landing RCD Mallorca midfielder Kang-In Lee.
Georginio Wijnaldum ‘surprised’ to return to PSG
Speaking of midfielders, with Ugarte and Lee coming in, PSG will need to offload players. Georginio Wijnaldum is returning from his loan stint with AS Roma, who opted not to keep the veteran midfielder after the 2022-23 season.
After the Netherlands and Wijnaldum fell 4-2 in the League of Nations against Croatia, the former Liverpool FC star was asked about his future. Wijnaldum shared his shock at returning to PSG.
“Well, I don’t know. I think it’s a surprise for everyone,” Wijnaldum told reporters. “Also, for me, I just see what’s going to happen and what options I will get, and then we all going to see what’s going to happen.”
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