New Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Bruno Lage has given the green light for Ruben Vinagre to leave Molineux.

The defender’s future has been a point of interest given his good performances on loan at Farmalicao, and the injury suffered by Jonny Castro Otto.

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Ruben Vinagre (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

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Also, the option to buy Rayan Ait-Nouri has expired, and it remains to be seen if he will be back.

But it looks as though Vinagre will not be playing his football in the Black Country in 2020/21.

O Jogo has reported the 22-year-old is set to join Sporting CP, with Lage happy for him to head back to his homeland again.

It is apparently going to be a loan move, with an option/obligation to buy.

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

The clubs are still negotiating on the figure.

A deal should be concluded at this point, and it was claimed it could come to fruition this week.

 

That’s despite Sporting having not yet sold Nuno Mendes.

Vinagre deal is a strange one

Presumably Lage has gone back and watched Vinagre’s performances for Farmalicao.

Either he is not totally convinced on the £30,000-a-week star (Spotrac), or Wolves have identified someone else to come in.

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Ruben Vinagre (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Perhaps that individual could well be Ait-Nouri.

What is a little odd is the claim that Vinagre’s move would be a loan at first.

Funds are said to be a little tight, and so a sale would seemingly be most ideal.

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