Man United 'most interested' in Vitinha's £34m release clause

Vitinha is facing an ‘imminent’ exit from Porto this summer, with Manchester United ‘the most interested’ in triggering midfielder’s £34m release clause… despite Wolves TURNING DOWN £17m option to buy after 2020-21 loan

  • Porto midfielder Vitinha spent 2020-21 season in England on loan with Wolves
  • Despite making 23 appearances, the Molineux side chose against buying him
  • Now back in Portugal, the midfielder has played a key role in winning a double 
  • Reports in Portugal have said that Man United boss Erik ten Hag is interested 

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

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

Due to constraints brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, Wolves turned down the chance to buy him for £17m – but he is now reportedly in line for a return to the Premier League.

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

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is said to be keen to trigger Vitinha’s £34m release clause

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

The Record report goes on to add that his €40m (£34m) buyout clause ‘will be exercised’ by a Premier League club.  

Manchester United are the only team named in their reporting. 

They add that newly-appointed Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag feels Vitinha’s style makes him a good fit and the player’s goodbye ‘is getting closer’ at Porto.

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

Porto won a league and cup double (pictured celebrating winning the Portuguese Cup final)

Vitinha’s future attracted coverage across Portugal’s major newspapers on Tuesday. 

In O Jogo’s report, they revealed that Vitinha has ‘been mentioned in meetings’ with both Manchester United and Barcelona last week. 

Vitinha shone last season having played a key role in delivering the Portuguese title to Porto. 

As a result he has established himself in Portugal’s senior team as they build momentum ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

United would prove a familiar landing spot for the 22-year-old given 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 are very familiar with the intermediary. 

Now in the Portugal national team, Vitinha’s stock is elevating since his last spell in England

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

With Man City and Liverpool making major moves in the transfer market already this summer, pressure is building on United to hand new boss Ten Hag his first new faces. 

City have spent £51m to get Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund while Liverpool are breaking their transfer record to spend £85m on Darwin Nunez. 

Manchester United had been admirers of Nunez but Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday that they pulled out of the race after deciding against being held to a bidding war with Liverpool.

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