According to Record, as cited by Sport Witness, Wolves are ready to table a €60 million bid for Carlos Vinicius. The SL Benfica forward has been courted by Nuno Espirito Santo for quite some time now. The Premier League club are looking to take full advantage of Benfica’s financial crisis, which the potential departure of Vinicius could solve. However, Wolves’ proposed move for the forward could depend on the future on Raul Jimenez.
Carlos Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence
Vinicius initially joined SL Benfica last summer, in a €17 million move from Napoli. It was an enormous gamble by the Portuguese side, but one that duly paid off as the Brazilian has now emerged as one of the rising stars in Liga NOS this campaign. The forward has already netted 15 goals in just 22 matches while registering seven assists.
Vinicius’ productivity in front of goal has helped Benfica keep up with league leaders FC Porto in the league standings. The Eagles are trailing their arch-rivals by just one point at the top of the table, with Vinicius himself becoming the joint-most productive player in the league, alongside his teammate Pizzi.
What can he bring to the table?
The Brazilian’s incredible numbers are enough to suggest the fact that he is a lethal goalscoring forward. But more importantly, he has an impeccable conversion rate and is also capable of creating chances for his teammates.
In fact, the 25-year-old often tends to drift into a wider role, thus giving his teammates much more freedom to work with whilst making it harder for the opposition to mark him tightly. His tactical versatility explains why the forward has registered seven assists so far this campaign.
Furthermore, Vinicius has an imposing 1.9m frame that gives him a considerable advantage in the air, although he hasn’t exactly racked up good numbers in terms of duels.
Is Vinicius a viable target for Wolves?
Wolves had a difficult time with Patrick Cutrone last time out. But it seems Vinicius could be a definite upgrade over the Italian international. He can score goals and create chances while his strong frame makes him an ideal fit for the physically astute nature of the Premier League.
Amid speculations linking Raul Jimenez with a move away from Molineux, the SL Benfica star could indeed be a viable target for the club as they look to improve their offensive unit this summer. And should Wolves manage to keep hold of Jimenez while also signing Vinicius, they could undoubtedly transform into one of the deadliest attacking teams in the Premier League.
Stat courtesy: Whoscored