For a couple of weeks, the Portuguese media thought Benfica could sign Ruben Vinagre from Wolverhampton Wanderers at any time this summer.
Local outlets many times said the transfer was ‘controlled’ by the Eagles, who would just wait until they sold a left-back so they’d go after the Wolves player.
However, in an update from Jornal de Notícias today, it’s claimed that the approach to the Molineux side didn’t go the way Benfica expected.
It’s said Wolves demand €15m for the move, and with more clubs interested in Vinagre, the Eagles now see the player ‘farther’ from them.
That’s why Benfica are now set to look for other options, even though it’s still not stated that Vinagre is ruled out from their list.
The left-back has just returned from a short spell at Famalicão, and his six months in Portugal were enough to draw interest from local clubs. That’s why Lisbon side Sporting are said to be in the race for his signing as well.
However, with Bruno Lage now arriving at Wolverhampton, we’re still to see if Vinagre will be given a new chance at the club.
His contract runs until 2024.