Wolverhampton Wanderers are not interested in a deal to bring Vitinha back to Molineux in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a claim made by Luke Hatfield, with the Express & Star journalist revealing in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that, unless Wolves are convinced that the central midfielder has improved significantly since this summer, the club will not be pursuing a deal to bring the 21-year-old back to Molineux in the winter window.
Speaking about the potential of Wolves making a move for the Portugal U21 international, Hatfield said: “I’m not too sure Vitinha is the answer. As I said, they’ve had a good look at him before, and unless he’s shown a marked improvement, I don’t think he’s a player that they’d be ridiculously keen on.”
Considering just how impressive Vitinha has been in Portugal so far this season, in addition to Bruno Lage’s side appearing to lack a considerable amount of creativity in the middle of the park in the current campaign, the news that Wolves look unlikely to make a move for Vitinha this January is sure to have left many of the club’s fanbase furious.
Indeed, the £6.3m-rated midfielder has been in exceptional form over his 11 Liga NOS appearances this term, scoring one goal and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of two shots and making 1.8 key passes per game.
The 21-year-old has also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 53.5 passes, one interception, 1.5 tackles and winning 61% of his duels per fixture.
These returns have seen the £4.5k-per-week man average a rather extraordinary SofaScore match rating of 7.72, ranking him as the best player in the entirety of the Portuguese top-flight so far this season.
As such, it would certainly appear as if Vitinha has indeed made a marked improvement since the summer, and, considering the fact that Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker have scored just one goal and provided two assists between them in the Premier League this term, it would seem as if the Porto starlet is very much a player Lage’s side are in need of at present.
That leads us to believe that Hatfield’s recent claim will not go down well with the Molineux faithful whatsoever.