Liverpool news: Vitinha joined FC Porto’s youth academy aged 11 in 2011. He graduated through the club’s youth ranks to make his senior debut in 2020.
Vitinha played 31 league games for the Portuguese club so far, scoring two goals. He won one Primeira Liga and one Taca de Portugal with Porto till now.
The 22-year old spent last season on loan at Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, he failed to establish himself in the Wolves squad, starting just five games.
Wolves opted not to exercise his buy option, sending him back to the Dragoes. He bounced back from his underwhelming spell in England and is currently among the key players for Porto.
Liverpool news: Reds could raid Porto again for Vitinha
According to reports, Liverpool is keeping close tabs on the progress of FC Porto midfielder Vitinha. The Reds signed Luiz Diaz for £37.5 million from the Portuguese club during the January transfer window.
They could raid the Dragoes again to sign the midfielder in the summer. The 22-year old midfielder is in excellent form this season, scoring two goals in 23 league appearances.
Portugal national team coach Fernando Santos also took notice of Vitinha’s performances and named him in the latest Portugal squad. He could make his debut against North Macedonia in the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Apart from Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Lazio have also shown interest in signing Vitinha in recent weeks. However, Porto is unlikely to entertain offers less than his release clause of £33.33 million.
What will Vitinha bring to Liverpool?
Vitinha plays as a central midfielder for Porto but is capable of playing a more advanced role as well. His key strengths are his passing, dribbling, and tackling skills, while also having the ability to split opposition defense with his through balls.
He averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.7 dribbles and 1.4 key passes in the Portuguese top division so far. Apart from that, he has completed 90.2 percent of his attempted passes in the league.
The Premier League has come to a halt due to the international break. The Reds will next play Watford in an EPL game on April 2. Jurgen Klopp’s troops are currently combating Manchester City for the Premier League trophy. They are currently second in the league table, just one point behind the Manchester-based club.
Meanwhile, Porto is currently at the top of the Primeira Liga table. They are favourites to win the title this season after losing it out to Sporting CP last season. Porto will play Santa Carla in their next league game.