Manchester United linked as Vitinha’s €40m release clause set to be activated by Premier League club

By Ben Brown

Published: June 14, 2022 11:23 a.m.

Last update: June 14, 2022 4:45 p.m.

Manchester United have been linked as a club interested in Portuguese midfielder Vitinha, whose €40m release clause is imminently expected to be met by a Premier League club, according to Portuguese media.

The 22-year-old is currently plying his trade for Porto and already has experience in the English top flight having spent a season on loan with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 2020/21 campaign.

The Portuguese has appeared 19 times for Molineux’s side, mostly as a substitute, picking up just one assist during his time in the Midlands. He had a good season on his return to his native country, scoring twice and collecting 4 assists in 20 Portuguese top-flight matches.

2J9E0EB May 22, 2022. Lisbon, Portugal. Porto’s midfielder from Portugal Vitinha (20) celebrates after winning the Portuguese Cup final against Porto Tondela Credit: Alexandre de Sousa/Alamy Live News

Now, according to Portuguese newspaper The Record, his €40m release clause is set to be activated by a Premier League club imminently, although they don’t say who plans to do so.

What is the next step ?

There are probably three clubs that could be in the running to activate said clause. Having already spent a season on loan at Wolves, and with their penchant for signing Portuguese players, they are certainly a possibility.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are in desperate need of midfield additions and certainly have the financial power to make such a move. Vitinha is capable of playing as a No.6, No.8 or No.10 which would add more versatility to the midfield ranks at Old Trafford, but he is unlikely to be able to be the defensive end. unconditional. midfield they seem to need.

Another option could be Liverpool, with rumors linking them to Vitinha and the Reds in the search for midfield additions to regenerate midfield.

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