Portuguese international Vitinha was finally unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Thursday evening, after completing a €40m+ move from FC Porto.

Vitinha has signed a five-year contract with the French champions and joins countrymen Danilo Pereira and Nuno Mendes at the Parc des Princes. The 22-year-old also becomes the first signing under PSG’s new sporting director Luís Campos, who assumed control of transfers this summer.

I am delighted to have signed for such a massive club as Paris Saint-Germain and I can't wait to show what I can do,” Vitinha said. “It's a great challenge for me and I can't wait to get started. Ligue 1 is a very strong competition, very fast with strong, solid teams. I will try and play my football and help the team reach its goals.

“Was it the right time? It's always the right moment to come here! But yes, I'm coming off the back of my best ever season with Porto, where I won trophies and became a Portugal international, which was a dream come true for me. Now I want to keep progressing, and I want to do that here, continuing to win trophies and titles."

Vitinha has been dubbed the “heir to Verratti” in French reports in the wake of his move, and the Porto-born midfielder was asked by PSG’s in-house media to describe himself to the club’s supporters.

"I don't like to talk about myself too much, I prefer that people see me play and then make up their own minds. But I am quite technical, I like the beautiful game, and I play mostly for my teammates, I always want to give my best to help the team as much as possible.

“I'm attack-minded, I like to create, and to link the team together. I think I'm quite mature for my age, I'm very close to my family, I'm a good communicator and I get along well with everybody!"

Vitinha also wrote a message on his Instagram directed to Porto supporters, which ended: “I leave FC Porto, but I still have FC Porto with me. I will always be rooting for my favourite club and I am confident of more years of success for our beloved blue and white stripes. I want to continue with you by my side, now on a different stage. But with one certainty, wherever you are: Sempre Porto.”

According to reports in Portugal, Porto will likely receive a fee of around €41.5m thanks to interest on the release clause incurred by PSG’s payment structure. Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency will receive a fee of around €4m from the deal, stemming from clauses inserted in Vitinha’s contract at Estádio do Dragão.

PSG continue to be linked with another Seleção star in Renato Sanches, who has also attracted interest from AC Milan.

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

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Quote should read "A big rip-off". Vitinha at PSG is a waste of great talent. Shame on Porto for being flea-market sales merchants.

What a mighty fall my club have taken in terms of integrity and doing what's best for the club. I hope Vitinha...

Quote should read "A big rip-off". Vitinha at PSG is a waste of great talent. Shame on Porto for being flea-market sales merchants.

What a mighty fall my club have taken in terms of integrity and doing what's best for the club. I hope Vitinha enjoys going from a starter and best young player in the league to playing Crazy 8's on the bench with Renato Sanches and Di Maria.

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Chris
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Football is a business now, first and foremost. That 35-40 million can be used by Porto to invest in more of its youth (and I’m a Benfica fan!)

Will he make it at PSG? I’d love to see it, but it is what it is

John
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That ideology is the problem. Continued corruption at all levels, increasing gap between the richest 5-6 clubs and everyone else. Is this good for football? Absolutely not! Football grows when it has local representation and wide competition.
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That ideology is the problem. Continued corruption at all levels, increasing gap between the richest 5-6 clubs and everyone else. Is this good for football? Absolutely not! Football grows when it has local representation and wide competition.

Look at the American leagues in their major sports. America is capitalism on steroids and even they have the sense to implement salary and trading caps to improve competition.

FIFA and UEFA on the other hand, are so blatantly corrupt and paid off by bribes and oil money, that the crooks in charge are perfectly happy to sacrifice the health of the sport in order to line their pockets and allow the PSG's and Man City's of the world to continue their money-laundering projects.

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Chris
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It's a fair point but the reason North American sports have these policies is because they have a closed system with no relegation and therefore no risk. The draft system means it's even an opportunity to finish near the bottom of the league as...

It's a fair point but the reason North American sports have these policies is because they have a closed system with no relegation and therefore no risk. The draft system means it's even an opportunity to finish near the bottom of the league as you get first pick in the draft and potentially can bring in the next big thing. That's how a team can go from being nobodies to being the best team in a short space of time like say the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan.

European football is a ladder from top to bottom, so would top clubs agree to policies that would make it A. Harder for them to keep winning and B. More likely to miss out on European football or even get relegated. While I think UEFA does need to reform somehow, I sadly cannot see them seriously considering a model that doesn't benefit the dirty dozen Superleague clubs as they are the ones that bring the money from International markets. Despite our rich football heritage the Portuguese league is only supported by Portuguese people and the Portuguese diaspora. No one tunes in to watch our matches. It's a grim outlook that will lead directly to the much feared Superleague.

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Christopher Santos
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The ladder system is a factor, for sure, but you have a factor similar to this in league expansion in North America. The point is, rather than doing nothing to stop corruption and oil money, FIFA and UEFA, if they had any integrity, would do...

The ladder system is a factor, for sure, but you have a factor similar to this in league expansion in North America. The point is, rather than doing nothing to stop corruption and oil money, FIFA and UEFA, if they had any integrity, would do something.

Something is better than nothing. Footy still made a ton of money before oil interests got involved, and there was a lot more engagement then there is now because you had teams across the continent all involved in the competition.

As for Portuguese league support, I think you'd be surprised who watches and supports it. There are a lot of folks in Africa, North and South America and other parts of Europe who watch the league regularly. I have access to channels in all these places and am sometimes surprised to see Liga games regularly broadcast there.

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Chris
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Don't get me wrong, I agree with you. I think they need to address how the money is allocated. A team like Real Madrid or Liverpool get rewarded so much more than teams from leagues like ours before a ball is even kicked, then comes the TV money,...

Don't get me wrong, I agree with you. I think they need to address how the money is allocated. A team like Real Madrid or Liverpool get rewarded so much more than teams from leagues like ours before a ball is even kicked, then comes the TV money, sponsorship etc etc. We just cannot compete unless we will sell our best players every transfer window. But after the Superleague escapade UEFA knows they have to kiss these clubs arses or else they will walk.

The new Champions League format is nothing but a water downed Superleague

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Christopher Santos
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I like Vitinha's game but I don't like this move. He would have got a lot of playing time in Porto this season. How could he turn it down though, $, Neymar, Messi, Mbappe?

We already saw Guedes waste time at PSG, Sanches at Bayern and this one...

I like Vitinha's game but I don't like this move. He would have got a lot of playing time in Porto this season. How could he turn it down though, $, Neymar, Messi, Mbappe?

We already saw Guedes waste time at PSG, Sanches at Bayern and this one appears to be a similar move. Hopefully he can start strong and put presure on the experienced midfielders in Paris.

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