Just 24 hours after selling Fábio Vieira to Arsenal, FC Porto are set to conclude another high-profile departure as midfielder Vitinha is on the brink of a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

According to reports close to both parties in Portugal and France, the clubs have agreed a fee and Vitinha will sign a five-year contract at the Parc des Princes. Estimates over the fee vary, with some indication that the price may be under the €40m stipulated as a release clause in Vitinha’s contract at Estádio do Dragão.

The move for Vitinha would be the first significant contribution of PSG’s new sporting director Luís Campos, who arrived at the club earlier this month. The Portuguese has extensive experience in French football at Monaco and Lille and is known to favour the market in his homeland, having previously brought the likes of João Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Rafael Leão and Renato Sanches to Ligue 1.

Campos is an intriguing figure. Once regarded as a bright coaching prospect who took charge of Leiria at the age of 27, he later famously beat José Mourinho’s Porto in 2004 while boss of Gil Vicente. Since then, Campos worked with Mourinho at Real Madrid in the analytical department, before venturing into a sporting director role with Monaco. 

With Campos now ensconced in one of the world’s most high-profile clubs, it will be little surprise if more news emerges surrounding Portuguese players in the orbit of the Parisian team. It is certainly a case of watch this space through PortuGOAL and other trustworthy customer experience websites.  

Vitinha is expected to complete the move to Paris in the coming days, with trusty super agent Jorge Mendes finalising the terms. The midfielder featured in 47 matches for Sérgio Conceição’s Dragons last term, scoring four goals and providing four assists. The 22-year-old’s form earned him a first senior international call-up earlier this year and Vitinha made his debut in the World Cup play-off final win over North Macedonia. He also featured in Portugal’s recent Nations League matches.  

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

 

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Pretty disgusting and disheartening to watch my club sell its riches for peanuts and pretty pathetic as well when we're supposed to be seeing "financial fair play".

The gap between 5-6 European teams to everyone else will continue to grow and...

Pretty disgusting and disheartening to watch my club sell its riches for peanuts and pretty pathetic as well when we're supposed to be seeing "financial fair play".

The gap between 5-6 European teams to everyone else will continue to grow and boring-ball Champions League garbage will abound. Oil money and business men have ruined the game.

As for my club, Pinto's time has come and he should take his pimp son with him. We need change in Portugal and it needs to be in the form of stricter guidelines for player retention.

Imagine how well Porto, Benfica and Sporting would do if we had kept guys like Luis Diaz, Vitinha, Nuno Mendes, Darwin, Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, and that's just in the last 5 years.

The number of teams our league's talent has propelled only to leave our own teams to rebuild every season, is truly disgusting.

I'm also really sick of hearing "Arsenal fans want to know about what kind of player blah blah is going to be...". Arsenal fans and all other bloated oil money or business-floated clubs can all kiss my rear end.

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Chris
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I don't remember so many young players being rumoured to leave the big 3 in a summer. The next season is gonna be tough.

Samuel
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Sad to see the clubs of the Primeira Liga having to sell stars for relatively small prices (Harry Maguire 80mil anyone?). But... at the same time, I'm proud that Portuguese players are making the biggest moves in the market this window and I'm...

Sad to see the clubs of the Primeira Liga having to sell stars for relatively small prices (Harry Maguire 80mil anyone?). But... at the same time, I'm proud that Portuguese players are making the biggest moves in the market this window and I'm very excited to see how they get on.

P.S. Arsenal have got themselves an absolute bargain!

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Remy
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I'm not a racist or maybe I am, but please no more Brazilian import for Benfica. Same goes for the other big two.

Since Portugal shares a similar language with Brazil, the League is flooded with Brazilian players. I could be wrong, but I'm...

I'm not a racist or maybe I am, but please no more Brazilian import for Benfica. Same goes for the other big two.

Since Portugal shares a similar language with Brazil, the League is flooded with Brazilian players. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing each team in the league has atleast 5 or 6 Brazilian born players. The numbers could be even higher in some teams.

South American players, especially Brazilians are using our league as a platform to introduce themselves into European football. In recent years, the percentage of foreign players outweighed the percentage of Portuguese born players. This is very bad for our youth. Just look at Gonçalo Ramos. He has got to share or even fight for the starting place with South American players. This is hampering is development.

I don't mind seeing one or two Uruguayan, Colombian or Argentine in any of the team. But I have really had enough of Brazilians. And I'm not hoping to see the import anytime soon.

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***import stopping anytime soon.

Thank you.

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