Manuel Ugarte: Why PSG are spending €60m on the Sporting CP midfielder

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Late on in Fenix's win over Danubio in 2016, the hosts brought on a 15-year-old. He played nine minutes of the top-flight encounter, jogging around as his side cruised to a 4-1 victory. Seven years later, and that same player, Manuel Ugarte, is worth €60 million (£52m/$64m).

Ugarte's career has developed from that of a skinny teenager handed a few irrelevant minutes to a top European talent, now seen by Paris Saint-Germain as the answer to their defensive-midfield woes. He only started regularly for one campaign at Sporting CP, but under the guidance of highly-rated manager Ruben Amorim, has become a statistics sweetheart and physical presence, compared to the likes of Fabinho, Casemiro and Thomas Partey.

And those comparisons, although lofty in some cases, make a lot of sense. This is a 22-year-old who has developed at a rapid rate, and cleared every hurdle that European football has presented so far.

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