(Football news) Fabrizio Romano has reported that Everton are close to signing Ruben Vinagre on loan with an option to buy and the player has already accepted the move to Goodison Park. Everton fans have been nervously awaiting the moment their club finally makes a move in the transfer market. Vinagre has agreed personal terms and it seems that the only hurdle left to clear is to include an option to buy. Vinagre could be a decent signing for Everton as the 23-year-old has the experience of already playing for a number of clubs. He only just joined Sporting permanently from Wolves after four years at Molineux.
He is someone that Everton’s new director of football Kevin Thelwell knows well from his time with Wolves. He has got experience of playing in the Premier League under Nuno Espírito Santo as he had previously labelled Vinagre a ‘special‘ talent. That should be a positive sign should he arrive to compete with Vitaliy Mykolenko for the left wing-back spot at Merseyside. It is very important that Everton do not stop at one signing as their squad currently looks weak in certain areas and the new season is only 10 days away. Vinagre will be replacing Lucas Digne and provide much needed competition for Vitaliy Mykolenko.
Niels Nkounkou will leave on loan for a second successive season, thereby creating a void in the Everton first-team squad heading into the 2022/23 season. Vinagre was a viable target for Everton, whom intermediaries recently offered the chance to sign PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa. The 23-year-old Portuguese wide man is a better option for Everton considering he can play an advanced role on the left flank. Since the departure of Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur, no winger has arrived at Goodison Park, even though several players, including the likes of Adnan Januzaj, have emerged as potential summer targets
With Financial Fair Play issues stopping Frank Lampard from adding players to his squad, securing the services of a versatile wide man like Vinagre might be a step in the right direction for Everton. The Merseyside club will pay the 23-year-old his €16,000-a-week wages in full while retaining the option to sign him permanently for €10 million next season.Everton will hope Vinagre’s previous experience in the Premier League will enable him to help them avoid another relegation dogfight this season.