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Manchester United ‘most interested’ in triggering Vitinha’s £34m release clause

Vitinha faces an ‘imminent’ departure from Porto this summer, with Manchester United ‘most interested’ in activating the midfielder’s £34 million clause…

  • Porto midfielder Vitinha spent the 2020-21 season in England on loan with Wolves
  • Despite 23 appearances, Molineux’s side chose not to buy him
  • Now back in Portugal, the midfielder has played a key role in winning a double
  • According to reports in Portugal, Man United boss Erik ten Hag is interested

Manchester United are the ‘most interested’ side in activating Vitinha’s £34million release clause of Porto midfielder, according to reports in Portugal.

The 22-year-old, whose full name is Vítor Machado Ferreira, already has Premier League experience after spending the 2020-21 season on loan with Wolves.

Due to restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Wolves has turned down the chance to buy him for £17million, but he is now reportedly in line for a return to the Premier League.

Porto midfielder Vitinha earns Premier League interest, according to reports in Portugal

Porto midfielder Vitinha earns Premier League interest, according to reports in Portugal

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag would like Vitinha's £34m release clause to be activated

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag would like Vitinha’s £34m release clause to be activated

Portuguese newspaper Record have detailed Vitinha, who returned to Porto last season and played a key role in winning the double, is poised for an ‘imminent’ departure.

The Record report further adds that its €40 million buyout clause is ‘exercised’ by a Premier League club.

Manchester United are the only team mentioned in their coverage.

They add that newly appointed Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag feels Vitinha’s style makes him a good match and that the player’s farewell “is getting closer” to Porto.

Vitinha returned to Porto last summer and prospered, making 47 appearances in all competitions

Vitinha returned to Porto last summer and prospered, making 47 appearances in all competitions

Porto won a league and cup double (photo celebrates winning the Portuguese cup final)

Porto won a league and cup double (photo celebrates winning the Portuguese cup final)

Vitinha’s future attracted attention in Portugal’s main newspapers on Tuesday.

In O Jogo’s reportthey revealed that Vitinha has been “mentioned in meetings” with both Manchester United and Barcelona last week.

Vitinha shone last season by playing a key role in delivering the Portuguese title to Porto.

As a result, he has established himself in Portugal’s senior squad, which is building momentum ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

United would prove to be a familiar landing spot for the 22-year-old, as fellow Portuguese internationals Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot all play at Old Trafford.

Vitinha made 47 appearances in all competitions last season, finishing with four goals and five assists.

His agent is Jorge Mendes, who also looks after Ronaldo’s affairs, and United know the middleman well.

Now in the Portuguese national team, Vitinha's stock is rising since his last stint in England

Now in the Portuguese national team, Vitinha’s stock is rising since his last stint in England

He spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Wolves, but they didn't take their buy option

He spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Wolves, but they didn’t take their buy option

With Man City and Liverpool already taking big steps in the transfer market this summer, pressure is mounting on United to give new boss Ten Hag his first new faces.

City have spent £51million to get Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, while Liverpool break their transfer record to spend £85million on Darwin Nunez.

Manchester United were admirers of Nunez, but sports post revealed on Tuesday that they were withdrawing from the race after deciding not to be held back in a bidding war with Liverpool.



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