Manuel Ugarte is the subject of interest from Barcelona.
And Jorge Mendes is pushing the Blaugrana to sign the Uruguayan international, as they do not view him as a top target.
The Sporting CP midfielder, whose release clause is worth €60 million, is also on the radar of Chelsea and PSG.
Manuel Ugarte has gone from strength to strength since arriving in Europe over two years ago.
Ugarte’s progress has not gone unnoticed either, with Barcelona and Chelsea among his prospective suitors.
The veteran midfielder will play his last competitive game for the Blaugrana this weekend.
Ugarte is thus one of several midfielders to emerge on their radar.
But the 22-year-old is not the priority target for Barcelona, with Ruben Neves and Ilkay Gundogan ahead of him.
The situation has forced Jorge Mendes to push the Blaugrana to secure Ugarte’s services.
And Sporting CP might be ready to rake in instalments instead of asking for a payment of €60 million upfront from Barcelona.
Meanwhile, the Blues are ready to shell out €60 million to secure Ugarte’s services this summer.
And with Barcelona not prioritising a move for the youngster yet, Chelsea should have the advantage in the race to sign him.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will face competition from PSG for the Uruguayan international.
Recent reports have claimed that Chelsea and Ugarte’s camp have finalised the personal terms.
For now, Jorge Mendes has urged the Catalan giants to push for his signature this summer.