Fulham are looking at Ruben Vinagre as a possible option at left-back as Marco Silva continues to track players from Portugal.
According to Record, via Sport Witness, Fulham are interested in signing Ruben Vinagre as an option at left-back. Marco Silva is keen on bringing players in before the season begins, and the left-back position is one the manager is keen on bolstering.
Tensions between Marco Silva and Fulham have been rife in the last few days as the manager seems unhappy with the club’s progress in the transfer window. The Cottagers boss reportedly wants to strengthen several positions this summer, as he has a task to keep the club in the Premier League.
Fulham’s recent history suggests they got their plans wrong over the last few times they gained promotion. The main objective for Silva would be to retain the top-tier status by fighting off a possible relegation battle.
However, he needs players of the right calibre and quality to do so. Fulham might have dominantly gained promotion, but remaining in the Premier League is a different challenge altogether. Nevertheless, the Cottagers have made inroads in their pursuit of players as they close in on signing Palinha from Sporting CP.
Fulham are now keen on his Sporting CP teammate Ruben Vinagre, who plays at left-back. Silva has been eager to bolster the position in the current window and has been looking at multiple options, including Juventus’ Luca Pellegrini.
There are doubts about Pellegrini, with many other clubs interested, including their Premier League rivals West Ham United. This is where Vinagre becomes a viable alternative for the Londoners this summer.
Vinagre suffered from a lack of regular playing time at Sporting last season and may find it difficult to continue under current conditions. So, a move to Fulham might be on the cards, although there are other options on the table for the 23-year-old left-back, with Nottingham Forest and Fenerbahce also keen on the defender.
A return to the Premier League could be tempting for the former Wolves left-back. But the interest from Fenerbahce could be enticing as well, considering that the Turkish club are in the Champions League. However, financially, a move back to England could be the right call, although he would have to compete with Antonee Robinson and Joe Bryan for the starting berth.
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