Man Utd to pay €40m release clause for Porto midfielder snubbed by Wolves – transfer ‘imminent’

Manchester United are reportedly set to pay the €40m release clause of Porto star Vitinha, with his transfer said to be ‘imminent’.

The 22-year-old midfielder came through the Porto youth system and was loaned to Wolves for the 2020-21 season.

He made 23 appearances under Nuno Espirito Santo in that time, but many of them were brief and they decided not to take up their €20m option to make the move permanent.

On his return to Porto, Vitinha quickly established himself in the team, making 47 appearances in all competitions, with four goals and five assists playing primarily as a central midfielder.

And Sport Witness have compiled reports from Portugal which suggest he’s about to move to Old Trafford.

Record claim his exit is ‘imminent’ and his €40m buyout clause ‘will be exercised’ by a Premier League club, with United the only one named.

The report states that United are ‘most interested’ in Vitinha, who suits the style of new managed Erik ten Hag.

Meanwhile, O Jogo claim: ‘The 22-year-old midfielder’s name has been mentioned in meetings that Jorge Mendes regularly holds with the most wealthy leagues – last week he met with Manchester United and Barcelona, ​​for example.’

O Bola confirm Porto are open to his sale as they need to balance their books and state that the side interested are a member of the Premier League’s Big Six, with United once again the only club named.

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None of the three reports explicitly state United as the interested party, but the hints are more than hints.

Ten Hag is definitely keen to strenthen his midfield, with Frenkie de Jong thought to be close to a move and Ruben Neves also linked.

Wolves’ move for Joao Palhinha – a player United were also interested in – is said to have ‘triggered’ the Red Devils to bid for Neves as new manager Erik ten Hag starts a rebuild at Old Trafford.

That’s according to 90min reporter Rob Blanchette, who tweeted: ‘#MUFC will take advantage of Joao Palhinha’s expected arrival at Wolves to trigger their offer for Ruben Neves.

‘United have scouted Palhinha but won’t compete for the player’s signature if Wolves agree a price for their Portuguese midfielder.’

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