Wolverhampton Wanderers officials may well have been helped to a decision over whether to sign Vitinha permanently, with the midfielder shining for the Portugal U21s last night.

The maestro produced a fantastic performance in midfield, helping his side to a 5-3 extra-time victory over Italy in the quarter-final at Euro 2020.

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Vitinha (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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Vitinha was at the heart of everything good about Portugal.

He didn’t directly contribute to any of the five goals, but was a constant outlet and regularly broke the lines with his passing and dribbling.

His performance has been lapped up by fans on social media.

 

There was also a kind word from his manager Rui Jorge, who said of the 21-year-old (O Jogo): “Vitinha is a tremendous player, of a ‘higher level’.

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Rui Jorge (Photo by Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images )

“But he is one more element, if he misses we will have to replace him. For something, he has invariably been a starter with us, I recognize him with great quality and collective spirit.”

Wolves must sign him

It will cost a reported £18 million (Express & Star), but Wolves shouldn’t think twice about signing Vitinha permanently this summer.

He’s shown glimpses of his quality for Wolves, but ultimately he never really got a solid run of starts in 2020/21 under Nuno Espirito Santo.

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Vitinha (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

For the Portugal U21s though, he has regularly stood out during their Euro 2020 campaign.

It’s clear he has tremendous potential and if Wolves get their next managerial appointment right, he’s someone that could absolutely flourish.

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