Nuno Santo has been offered the chance to reunite with one of his former signings at Tottenham Hotspur, according to reports…
Porto-based news outlet Mercado Azul claims that super-agent Jorge Mendes has offered his client Vitinha to Spurs for €20m (£18m) following his loan stint at Premier League rivals Wolves.
It’s thought that Nuno’s former club are stalling over making the 21-year-old’s loan deal a permanent move from Portuguese giants Porto this summer.
Earlier in the season, the 47-year-old head coach waxed lyrical about his summer signing. He said, via The Athletic:
“We are pleased with Vitor. He’s a young player, but full of talent and quality. He has a lot of things to improve on his game, in terms of physicality and duels — the aspects that normally require a time of adaptation. But the talent is there. He’s a good option who in the right moments can be helpful.”
Spurs may not want to become a side awash with clientele from Mendes’ agency, Gestifute, but it cannot hurt to call upon him in a time of need.
The landscape of Nuno’s inherited midfield could quickly change over the next month or so, with several stars potentially on the chopping block should any offers come their way.
Amongst these candidates are surely Harry Winks, who Fabio Paratici has reportedly put up for sale, Moussa Sissoko, who recently remained coy over his future, and Dele Alli, who rarely featured last season and could be sold, according to some reports.
If one, two or even all three of these names leave North London, then Nuno will certainly need to bolster his engine room as there is not enough cover behind likely first-choice names like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele.
There cannot be many better solutions out there than a player that the Portuguese boss has already worked with and one that he’s praised in the past.
The 21-year-old dynamo only started five of his 19 appearances in the Premier League last term but that only bolsters claims of him being a back-up player next term.
In 513 minutes of action, Vitinha provided one assist but managed to display an impressive consistency in his passing, averaging a 90.3% success rate and 1.6 key passes per 90, via WhoScored.
“He is an exciting and special young talent, with an abundance of technique and creativity,” claimed Wolves chairman Jeff Shi after signing the midfielder on loan in September.
Last season, no Spurs player managed to surpass a passing accuracy of 88.5% (Hojbjerg), whilst Heung-min Son recorded the most key chances created per 90 minutes (1.4) and that was still short of Vitinha’s attempts in an Old Gold shirt.
Of course, the young 5 foot 8 prospect, who has earned comparisons to Joao Moutinho, is still raw but it’s clear that he made some sort of impact under Nuno in the game time he did receive in the Midlands.
Looking to Mendes to secure a rotation option isn’t the worst thing Paratici can do this summer and as such, the North London outfit should look to snag Vitinha from Wolves’ nose.