Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has reportedly endorsed a summer move for Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back Ruben Vinagre.
According to O Jogo, the 66-year-old – who won three league titles with Benfica in his first stint with the club – has given the green light to sign the youngster, who is currently out on loan at Farmalicao.
Vinagre started the season with Olympiacos, but a lack of game time prompted Wolves to get him a new loan move.
That has proven to be a smart decision, with the 21-year-old having been a regular fixture for the Primeira Liga side.
And it seems Vinagre’s performances have drawn attention from Benfica, and Jesus is seemingly happy for the club to make a push.
It’s explained that he is a target along with midfielder Manuel Ugarte, also of Farmalicao.
Apparently Benfica are looking at £30,000-a-week star Vinagre (Spotrac), with interest from other clubs having been reported in their two current options Alex Grimaldo and Nuno Tavares.
Jonny situation might complicate things
Benfica may like Vinagre, but his exit from Wolves this summer may no longer be that likely.
Following another serious knee injury to Jonny Castro Otto at Molineux, for which he needs surgery, it could be that the youngster gets another chance.
We will see how Rayan Ait-Nouri gets on in the Spaniard’s absence. But the Frenchman may not end up signing permanently if he doesn’t convince.
It’s not out of the question Vinagre could get a reprieve and Benfica are left disappointed.