Manchester United are on the brink of a deal to sign FC Porto midfielder Vitinha for £34m, according to reports in Portugal.
The Lowdown: Vitinha profiled
Vitinha is primarily a central midfielder who can also play in holding or attacking midfield roles. The 22-year-old spent the 2020/21 season on loan with Wolves, making 22 appearances and earning praise as a ‘special talent’ after making the move to Molineux.
The Premier League side didn’t exercise their option to make a move permanent, but the Portugal international, who shares the same agency as Cristiano Ronaldo, could now be heading back to England to work under Erik ten Hag.
The Latest: Transfer ‘imminent’
They claimed that the midfielder is heading for an ‘imminent’ exit, with a Premier League club set to exercise his €40m (£34m) release clause. Manchester United are the only club mentioned, with Vitinha apparently fitting Ten Hag’s style of play.
The Verdict: Interesting…
Vitinha only made five Premier League starts with Wolves, scoring his only goal for the club coming against non-league Chorley in the FA Cup. It’s safe to say he didn’t have the best of spells in England, where he mainly played as an attacking midfielder.
He seemed to improve last season and was a regular for FC Porto playing in a deeper role though, so that could be a position Ten Hag looks to use him in going forward.
That would leave Bruno Fernandes free to occupy a more advanced role, and still just 22 years of age, United could look back on a move for Vitinha in years to come as a smart piece of business.
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