Olympique de Marseille have struck a deal with Sporting Braga over the signing of promising Portuguese striker Vitinha (22), according to a report from Fabrizio Romano. The signing fee is reported to exceed the €30m mark.
It would mean Les Phocéens break their record transfer with the signing of the U21 Portuguese international. OM purchased French West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet for a €29.5m fee in January 2017.
Vitinha was keen on a move to the Igor Tudor-led side and is expected to land at Marseille late this afternoon to sign his five-and-a-half year contract.
According to RMC Sport, OM were impressed by Vitinha’s resolve to join Les Phocéens and have greatly increased their initial offer to sign him. Marseille were in the market for a striker following the failure to sign Nigerian international striker Terem Moffi (23) from Lorient.
Marseille reportedly trumped competition from Premier League sides Aston Villa, Brighton and Southampton by offering Braga a bid higher than Vitinha’s €30m release clause. Brighton’s interest in the player wavered, following reports that an injury to striker Evan Ferguson (18) was less severe than expected, according to The Athletic.
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