October 3, 2022

The 22-year-old Portugal international had a difficult time at Molineux but is now on his way to the Parc des Princes after impressing for Porto.

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

The 22-year-old Portugal international is added to the star-studded ranks at the Parc des Princes after experiencing a stunning reversal of fortune at club level.

A loan spell at Premier League side Wolves in 2020-21 didn’t work out, but the hot prospect is now linking up with the Ligue 1 champions after rediscovering his spark in his homeland.

How much did PSG pay for Vitinha?

The starting midfielder is not cheap for PSG, costing a €40m (£34m/$42m) costs.

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

He signed a five-year contract with the club, tying it up 2027.

Who is Vitinha and why did PSG sign him?

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

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

With playing time limited and Porto having to comply with financial fair play rules, a season-long loan to Wolves was sanctioned in September 2020.

Vitinha did not start a Premier League game for the Molineux-based side until they faced Manchester United in December and scored 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 the decision.

Upon his return to Porto, Vitinha quickly carved out a place for himself at the heart of Sergio Conceicao’s 4-4-2 system, with his ability to carry the ball and catch a pass allowing him to register four goals and three assists in 47 games.

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

He hopes to stay involved until this competition which starts in November, but faces fierce competition for places at PSG – after avoiding reported interest from Manchester United to head to France – and will have to prove his worth yet. Once.

What future for PSG in the summer transfer window?

PSG’s biggest deal this summer was made before the opening of the last transfer window, with Kylian Mbappe spoke of signing a new contract in the French capital as interest from Real Madrid was once again rebuffed.

The Ligue 1 title holders, however, saw the La Liga champions get the better of Aurélien Tchouameni, with the highly rated midfielder favoring a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Further additions to the Parc des Princes are under consideration, with PSG interested in Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski – although he appears destined to head to Barcelona.

There were talks of interest being shown in Leeds star Kalvin Phillips, but Vitinha has now been added to the engine room, as rumors continue to swirl regarding a possible move for the winning striker of the World Cup. Ousmane Dembele who is set to become a free agent when his contract at Barcelona expires.

A move for the Lille midfielder Renato Sanches has also been widely reported with PSG keen to beat AC Milan to sign another Portuguese midfielder.

In terms of outings, Angel Di Maria left after his contract expired, while fellow Argentinian Mauro Icardi sees a move elsewhere as he faces fierce competition for attacking places from Neymar, Mbappe and Lionel Messi.

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