Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Ruben Vinagre is apparently the ‘obsession’ of Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim.

A Bola report today that the 22-year-old is a target for the Portuguese champions, and that Amorim is a big fan.

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Vinagre is one of a number of players expected to depart Molineux this summer. This, in a bid by Fosun to raise funds.

The star spent last season out on loan, first at Greek giants Olympiacos.

That move didn’t work out, and Wolves then facilitated a new move for him to join Farmalicao.

That was a much more productive spell, with Vinagre making 20 appearances for the club.

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His showings there have seemingly drawn attention, with Benfica having also been mentioned as potential suitors in recent weeks.

But A Bola’s latest information may suggest that Sporting is the more likely destination.

 

Amorim’s ‘obssession’ with Vinagre comes amid continued speculation of the future of their left-back Nuno Mendes. Manchester City are said to want him.

Vinagre to depart?

To learn that a manager who has just emphatically delivered a league title has an obsession to sign you must be quite a nice feeling for Vinagre.

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Ruben Vinagre (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

It would be no surprise from here to see him make this move.

It is suggested in A Bola’s report that Vinagre has been happy with life back in Portugal.

There’s probably a good chance that the money received would then be pumped into a deal to sign Rayan Ait-Nouri on a permanent transfer.

It was reported in April that Wolves had placed a £13 million valuation on the player.

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