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Who is Vitina? PSG’s new €40m midfielder who flopped at Wolves

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The 22-year-old Portuguese international had a difficult time at Molineux but now heads to the Parc des Princes after impressing with Porto.

A new era is beginning at Paris Saint-Germain, with midfielder Vitinha being part of that process following his large-money transfer from Porto.

The 22-year-old Portuguese international joins the star-studded ranks at the Parc des Princes after enjoying a surprising reversal of fortunes at club level.

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A loan spell at Premier League side Wolves in 2020-21 didn’t pan out, but the big prospect is now being linked with the Ligue 1 champions after rediscovering his spark on home soil.

How much have PSG paid for Vitinha?

The holding midfielder has not been cheap for PSG, costing them a €40m (£34m/$42m) rate.

The French champions will see this deal as an investment in their present and future, with plenty of potential to unlock in Vitinha’s game.

has signed a five year contract With the club, lacing it up 2027.

Who is Vitinha and why has PSG signed him?

Vitinha is a product of the Porto academy and signed up for the Portuguese giants when he was 11 years old.

He made his senior debut in a cup clash with Varzim on 14 January 2020 before making his league debut in a meeting with Gil Vicente two weeks later.

With playing time tight and with Porto needing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, a season-long loan at Wolves was sanctioned in September 2020.

Vitinha did not start a Premier League game for the Molineux-based side until they met Manchester United in December and recorded just one goal, in an FA Cup clash with Chorley, in 22 appearances in all competitions. .

Wolves decided not to trigger their €20m (£17m/$21m) purchase option, but may now regret that decision.

Returning to Porto, Vitinha quickly earned a place at the heart of Sergio Conceicao’s 4-4-2 system, with his ability to carry the ball and choose a pass that saw him record four goals and three assists in 47 games.

A productive campaign at club level saw Vitinha gain senior international recognition with Portugal in March 2022, with a debut for his country in a World Cup qualifying play-off victory over North Macedonia that booked tickets for Qatar 2022.

He will hope to remain involved until that competition which begins in November, but he faces fierce competition for places at PSG, having fended off reported interest from the likes of Manchester United to travel to France, and will have to prove himself. all over again.

What’s next for PSG in the summer transfer window?

PSG’s biggest deal of the summer was done before the latest transfer window opened, with Kylian Mbappe he spoke of signing a new contract in the French capital as Real Madrid’s interest was once again rebuffed.

However, the Ligue 1 champions saw the La Liga champions overtake them when it comes to Aurelien Tchouameni, with the highly rated midfielder favoring a move to Santiago Bernabeu.

Further additions are being discussed at the Parc des Princes, and PSG are said to be interested in Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, although he seems destined to go to Barcelona.

There was talk of interest shown in Leeds star Kalvin Phillips but Vitinha has now been added to the engine room while rumors continue when it comes to a potential breakthrough for the World Cup winner. Ousmane Dembele who is set to hit free agency when his contract in Barcelona expires.

A move for the Lille midfielder Renato Sanchez Much has also been reported, with PSG keen to beat AC Milan by signing another midfielder from Portugal.

In terms of departures, Angel Di Maria left after his contract expired, while fellow Argentine Mauro Icardi is considering a move elsewhere as he faces fierce competition for places in attack from Neymar, Mbappe and Lionel Messi.

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