Vitinha, the biggest transfer in the history of OM

OM formalized this Tuesday evening the recruitment of Vitinha from Braga. A transfer to more than 30 million euros.

The Terem Moffi track having become a dead end, OM’s offensive priority in recent days bore the name of Vitinha, a 22-year-old Portuguese striker considered in the country as one of the most promising players of his generation. After tough negotiations with Braga, and despite competition from Premier League teams such as Southampton and Brighton, the Olympian managerial duo Longoria-Ribalta succeeded in achieving their goals.

Namesake of the Parisian midfielder, Vitinha signed up this Tuesday evening, in the last moments of the transfer window, for four and a half years and a transfer fee slightly higher than the 30 million euros in his release clause (26 million euros). euros plus 4 to 6 million bonuses) – the largest transaction in the club’s history. In front of the 30 million disbursed for the return of Dimitri Payet from West Ham in 2017.

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To this agreement is added for Braga a profit-sharing of 10% on any capital gain on resale; as well as a preferential buyout clause, up to 60 million euros, if however the club of the Lusitanian elite wishes to repatriate one day its colt author this season of 13 goals and 5 assists in 27 matches all competitions combined. A third recruit of the future and of choice, therefore, for an OM which will not have skimped this winter with the recruitments of Ruslan Malinovskyi and Azzedine Ounahi.

In the eyes of Carlos Freitas, former director of football in Braga, Vitinha, who had been pre-summoned for the 2022 World Cup with the Selecçao, has everything from the right pick: “ He is an aggressive player with ease in front of goal. He fits well with the profile of Marseille supporters: he wets the jersey, he is intense, dynamic and hard-hitting. It is atypical compared to the classic Portuguese profile. He is a top striker capable of playing alone or in pairs. In recent seasons, he has played with another player alongside him. It has come out of the shadows for the past eighteen months and has been constantly evolving ever since. It’s a good investment for OM. »