Wolves are unlikely to make a move for former lender Vitinha in the upcoming January transfer window, despite reports suggesting otherwise, according to reporter Luke Hatfield.
The Midlands side are believed to be looking for a central midfielder as they field a long-term heir for 35-year-old Joao Moutinho over the coming months.
What is the current situation of the Wolves midfielder?
With Moutinho immersed in the twilight period of his career, Wolves have been linked with several engine room options, including Lille’s Renato Sanches and Porto’s Vitinha.
The latter spent the entire 2020/21 campaign on loan at Molineux by the Dragons, making 23 appearances in all competitions, but only five of them came as Premier League starts.
As a result, new manager Bruno Lage has taken the decision not to keep Portugal’s Under-21 internationals permanent this summer, opting to sign compatriot Bruno Jordao instead.
Since then, however, Vitinha has slowly made his way into the starting lineup at the Estadio do Dragao as the former European champions battle for the top of the Primeira Liga table.
The improvement in the youngster’s form has sparked rumors of a potential return to England’s shores, and Lage’s accusations are said to have already taken steps towards his signing.
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According to a recent Record report (as relayed by Sport Witness), Wolves sent a scout to watch the technically gifted talent in Porto’s 3-1 against Tondela in September.
However, Hatfield doubts Wolves will make a formal offer for Vitinha unless the £ 6.3million-valued maestro has made a ‘marked improvement’.
What did Hatfield say about Vitinha?
Despite putting up a few eye-catching screens for Porto, the former Express & Star reporter doesn’t think Vitinha is a player Lage will like too much.
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He told GiveMeSport: “I’m not sure Vitinha is the answer. Like I said, they’ve seen it well before, and unless it shows a marked improvement, I don’t think he’s a player they would ridiculously love.
Would Vitinha be a good signing?
Although Hatfield has expressed understandable concerns over the little Porto ace, he appears to have taken his game to new heights in the first few weeks of the current campaign.
According to WhoScored, Vitinha has averaged 2.2 shots per Championship game this quarter, 1.8 key passes, 2.1 dribbles and 1.3 crosses, putting him in the top three for every measure against his teammates.
Therefore, he could well be an ideal successor for the aging Moutinho, and Wolves should carefully consider making a return for the young talent.
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