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Portugal exodus to continue as Nottingham Forest, Fulham eye Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Vinagre

Sporting Lisbon player Ruben Vinagre

Ruben Vinagre could be the latest player to leave Portugal this summer, as both Nottingham Forest and Fulham reportedly hope to land him.

Plenty have swapped the Primeira Liga for bigger things during the current transfer window. They include new Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez, Arsenal capture Fabio Vieira and Vitinha, who now represents Paris Saint-Germain.

Portugal has a history of producing great players, which Europe’s top five leagues usually benefit from. Just look at Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix.

And Vinagre could follow in their footsteps by moving to the Premier League ahead of next season. Unlike some of his compatriots though, the left wing-back has already spent some time in England.

Vinagre came through Sporting’s academy before moving to Monaco U19s in 2014. After a season-long loan at Wolves in 2017-18, the West Midlands outfit made his transfer permanent for just over £2million.

The 23-year-old made 70 appearances for Wolves during his time at Molineux. He had several loans, including spells at Olympiacos, Famalicao and more recently Sporting.

Vinagre, who won four caps for Portugal U21s previously, played 18 times while on loan at Sporting last season. The move become long-term on July 1 as Sporting paid Wolves £9m for him.

However, the full-back could leave Sporting for a second time as reports claim him to be a target for Nottingham Forest and Fulham.

Forest, Fulham on Ruben Vinagre trail

According to Sport Witness, who cite Portuguese outlet Record, Forest and Fulham have made initial moves to sign Vinagre.

They believe they can tempt him back to the Premier League with the offer of regular game time. This is something the player was not getting throughout last season.

Turkish outfit Fenerbahce like Vinagre too and could make a play for him. However, England is ‘the most attractive solution’ for him right now.

A deal will most likely be a season-long loan. This will give Vinagre time to impress either Forest or Fulham coaches before any clubs pay a transfer fee.

Should Vinagre do well, then his return to England might become permanent in summer 2023.

There is little between Forest and Fulham right now, when it comes to Vinagre choosing which side to join.

Both clubs have just come up from the Championship and have funds available to pay Vinagre’s wages. Forest’s illustrious history may impact his decision, although Fulham tend to be in the top flight more often.

Vinagre has already had plenty of transfers so far in his career and that trend looks set to continue this summer. And the same can be said for talented players leaving Portugal for bigger leagues.

Meanwhile, Forest reportedly have an agreement in place to sign a centre-back from Mainz.