Wolves don’t intend to exercise their option to buy on midfielder Vitinha, according to a report from Portuguese outlet Record.
The Midlands outfit can activate a €20m clause until the deadline on Wednesday.
Vitinha spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Molineux from Liga NOS side FC Porto, who are said to be keen to keep hold of him. He made 19 Premier League appearances over the course of the campaign, but only five of those were starts (via WhoScored).
Vitinha also helped Portugal reach the final of the European Under-21 Championship at the start of June, where they were beaten by Germany.
While he may have been a sporadic presence in the first XI at Molineux, he still impressed with his composure on the ball – no Premier League starter for the club could beat his 90.3% passing success rate last term (via WhoScored).
Wolves will be under new management for the 2021/22 season after Nuno Espirito Santo departed the club and was replaced by Bruno Lage, and Vitinha may have viewed the change in the dugout as a potential boost to his starting prospects.
Fan feed Talking Wolves relayed Record’s report, and here’s how some fans reacted.
Wolves fans urge club to activate Vitinha clause
“Didn’t the official site give a huge hint to him coming back like 2 days ago? He seems to fit everything about the direction of the club financially and on the pitch. Be very surprised if he doesn’t sign perm.”
“This feels like a mistake – he’s shown enough to think he’ll be high calibre – admittedly he had a slow start. But having now invested game time and training in him another team will reap the benefit. This looks like Pedro Goncalves all over again!”
“Huge mistake again if not, especially if Neves and Moutinho are leaving”
“Will be like Pedro Goncalves, we’ll regret it”
“Sign him ASAP”
“And with Neves probably going too that’s going to be a massive issue.”
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