By Pranav Shahaney

16th May, 2023 | 3:40pm

Premier League transfer concrete for Leeds United target Manuel Ugarte as Fabrizio Romano shares update

Leeds United-linked midfielder Manuel Ugarte seeing the Premier League as a concrete possibility may be half the battle won.

Fabrizio Romano reported that it will cost any team keen on signing the Uruguayan midfielder a fee in the region of £53million this summer.

He is understood to be in talks with three Premier League clubs and one of them could be Leeds as they have been linked with him over the last few weeks.

Romano wrote on Twitter, “Jorge Mendes is taking care of Manuel Ugarte’s future. Talks will continue with Premier League clubs ahead of summer move, very concrete possibility.

“There’s interest from 3 PL clubs but no agreement with any team yet. The race is open.

“Release clause: €60m.”

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O Jogo reported on 11 May that Leeds and Liverpool were both showing a keen interest in the 22-year-old.

It’s also understood that he’s all but set to leave this summer and if the Whites are serious about him, they need to up the ante once they secure their Premier League status.

Should they get relegated, they can forget about spending that much on one player and will have to deal with player sales and other financial ramifications, including the club’s takeover.

Ugarte will be a good signing for the Whites and will bolster their midfield so it is an option they must consider instead of signing Weston McKennie for £30million.

The United States international has struggled since moving to Elland Road in January and it’s a good thing that Leeds just have an option to buy him and aren’t obligated to sign him permanently.

In other Leeds United news, an exit-bound senior player was spotted in tears after what happened recently.