Former Wolves loanee Vitinha could be heading back to the Premier League – with Portuguese reports suggesting Manchester United could be about to trigger his buyout clause.

The midfielder has just enjoyed an absolutely superb campaign with FC Porto.

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After Wolves turned down the chance to sign him for around £17 million last year, Vitinha went back to his parent club and quickly established himself as a regular starter.

The youngster regularly stood out for the club, making big contributions in Porto’s surge to the league title.

He won three Player of the Month awards along the way.

The 22-year-old struggled for game time at Molineux, with Nuno Espirito Santo turning to more experienced options like Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker.

He made 22 appearances across all competitions.

Vitinha was one of the best players in the Portuguese top-flight in 2021/22, and it seems Manchester United are now keen to sign him.

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O Jogo have said Jorge Mendes met with the Red Devils last week regarding a potential transfer.

There are also claims from A Bola and Record about Vitinha, with Manchester United mentioned as the Premier League team that are willing to exercise his £34 million buyout.

It was reported recently that Porto did not want to lose Vitinha this summer.

But there might not be much they can do if his buyout is triggered.

£34 million Premier League return would be a clear sign of Vitinha’s development

It will be interesting to see if Vitinha makes a return to the Premier League this summer.

For three Portuguese outlets to be reporting on this suggests there could be something to it.

United are in desperate need of a new central midfielder. And they have actually been linked with Ruben Neves recently.

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But it seems they now want Vitinha, and them signing him for £34 million would clearly indicate how far he has come since Wolves declined the opportunity to sign him permanently.

Hopefully he will not turn out to be an uncomfortable watch for Wolves fans if he does head to Old Trafford.

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