Paris Saint-Germain ‘beat Manchester United to Vitinha signing’

Paris Saint-Germain ‘beat Manchester United to Vitinha signing’

Manchester United have reportedly lost out to Paris Saint-Germain in the race for Porto midfielder Vitinha.
The 22-year-old – who previously gleaned Premier League experience with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2020-21 – established himself as a regular figure for Sergio Conceicao’s side in the 2021-22 season.

Vitinha produced four goals and five assists in 47 appearances across all competitions – starting 27 Primeira Liga matches in the middle of the park to help Porto regain the top-flight title.

The former Wolves loanee has also earned three caps for the Portugal national team, but his contract at Porto now only has two years left to run, leading to the expectation of a summer departure.

Man United were thought to be strongly interested in signing Vitinha, and Porto president Pinto da Costa recently revealed that the club had rejected an offer from an unnamed bidder for the midfielder.

Vitinha is set to become the second midfield protege to leave Porto in the early stages of the summer window, as fellow 22-year-old Fabio Vieira closes in on a move to Arsenal.

The Portuguese champions confirmed the deal on Friday morning, and the Gunners will fork out an upfront fee of €35m (£29.9m) for the versatile attacking midfielder.