Jorge Chijane has claimed that it is only a matter of time before a team pays the Uruguayan midfielder’s £52million release clause, with Tottenham also linked with a deal.
“It’s almost certain that he won’t stay,” he told O Jogo. “It’s sure he’ll leave.
“Soon I’ll be in Lisbon. I trust Jorge Mendes, who is the best businessman in the world. In fact, when I told him about Ugarte for the first time, he said to me: ‘Your eyes are my eyes’.”
Super-agent Mendes will help find Ugarte, 22, a new club with Liverpool reportedly the frontrunners to secure the deal.
However, Chijane has insisted that nothing is decided yet – with the next fortnight key to finding the player a move.
“There is a lot of talk, but there is not only one club, there are others,” he added. “I am still not sure about which club [he’ll sign for]. There are many hypotheses on the table.
“I believe that in 15 days the situation will be resolved.”