As the season has gone on, the Portuguese press have started reporting Benfica’s interest in signing Ruben Vinagre, who’s currently loaned by Wolverhampton Wanderers to Famalicão.
With the full-back having a positive loan spell in Liga NOS, he’s apparently drawn the interest from the Eagles, who want him in their squad for the coming season.
An update from newspaper Record finally brings Wolves’ stance on the subject, claiming the club have set a price in case clubs really do go for him in the upcoming transfer market.
The outlet says Nuno Espírito Santo’s side will demand €15m for Vinagre in the summer, as they’re planning to ‘multiply’ the €2.5m originally spent on him when signing him from Monaco.
Record highlights the fact that Wolves’ plan has always been to loan Vinagre to a place where he could play and see his market value rise.
That’s why when negotiating his spell at Braga, the Premier League club wanted to include a fine for each game he wasn’t involved in.
The Portuguese side didn’t take it, so the deal collapsed.
The funny thing is that since joining Famalicão, Vinagre has started all of their 14 games in the league, so Wolves’ plan is working, and we now wait and see whether Benfica will pay that much for the player in the summer, or if they end up looking elsewhere.