Nottingham Forest and Fulham both want to sign Sporting Lisbon star Ruben Vinagre this summer. According to Desporto Ao Minuto, Fenerbahce are also trying to sign the former Wolves player.

The 23-year-old is in the middle of a bizarre situation in Lisbon. His loan move from Wolves has been made permanent for £8 million but he’s been informed he will be loaned out this summer.

Vinagre endured a frustrating maiden campaign back in Portugal last season. He made just 18 appearances for the club and wasn’t deemed the first choice for the left-sided wing-back role.

As a result, Ruben Amorim has made the player available for loan. He will be allowed to leave the club for the 2022/23 campaign and clubs will now compete to secure his signature.

Ruben Vinagre
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Vinagre would be a proven option for Premier League clubs. He’s made 70 appearances for Wolves, with 35 of those outings coming in the top flight of English football.

Forest signing the youngster makes a lot of sense. They’ve yet to add a left-sided defender to their ranks and Max Lowe has returned to Sheffield United following his loan spell.

Vinagre joined Wolves from Monaco in 2017. After initially starring on loan, his deal was made permanent the following year where he established himself at the club.

During his time at Molineux, he’s been on three loan moves. Along with last season’s spell in Lisbon, he’s also spent time with Famalicao and Olympiacos where Evangelos Marinakis signed him.

Forest want to sign Vinagre and he’d tick a lot of boxes

This would be a signing that makes a lot of sense for Forest. Vinagre has Premier League experience and crucially, he’s a natural in a position that Forest need to fulfil.

Fulham will provide competition but the City Ground will perhaps appeal to players more this summer. Marco Silva has spoken of his frustrations in the transfer market, whilst Forest have been active.

Vinagre loves to play the wing-back role. He is at home when it comes to getting forward and that should make him a natural when it comes to playing under Steve Cooper.

Forest want Vinagre
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Nuno Espirito Santo is a big fan of Vinagre. In an interview when he was the Wolves manager, he called him a ‘special player’ and said he was ‘so versatile’ when quizzed on the youngster.

Rumour rating: 7/10 – This is perhaps a link with no real frills but Vinagre would be an astute signing if Forest can get something over the line.

More than one left-sided wing-back will be required. Forest won’t want square pegs in round holes this season and new wing-backs will be sought.

Vinagre has Premier League experience under his belt. As a result, the club could do a lot worse than land Vinagre before the season starts.

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