Revealed: Wolves have first option on Ruben Vinagre

Wolves have an exclusive option to buy promising young left back Ruben Vinagre, the Express & Star understands.

Vinagre takes on Kyle Walker during Tuesday's Carabao Cup exit at Manchester City (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)
Vinagre takes on Kyle Walker during Tuesday's Carabao Cup exit at Manchester City (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

And the Molineux hierarchy are weighing up whether to try and make the 18-year-old’s loan deal a permanent one in January.

Vinagre is with Wolves for the season on loan from French side Monaco.

He has impressed with a string of exciting performances at left wing back and scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win at Burton last month.

And those displays have apparently caught the attention of a number of Premier League big hitters including Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton who are watching Vinagre closely and hope to buy him, according to reports last week.

However the Express & Star understands that Wolves have an exclusive option to buy the youngster when his loan expires and no other club can buy Vinagre in the meantime.

Wolves may look to make the deal a permanent one in the January transfer window if a deal can be agreed with Monaco, as they did with Helder Costa last winter and as they hope to do with Atletico Madrid loanee Diogo Jota.

Portuguese youth international Vinagre has never played for Monaco and made his professional debut when lining up against Yeovil in the Carabao Cup in August.

He has now made nine appearances in total including the full 120 minutes in Tuesday’s cup defeat at Manchester City at the Etihad.

Wolves have options to buy all five of their loan players, who have each impressed so far – Vinagre, Jota, Willy Boly, Leo Bonatini and Alfred N'Diaye.

Vinagre recently called his debut Wolves goal at Burton a ‘dream come true’ and spoke of his happiness at Molineux.

He said: “Having several Portuguese players in the squad has been a help. This squad is top – not only the Portuguese players. We have a really good squad.

“I’ve been here for three months and I’ve already learned a lot from Nuno.

“You can see he’s somebody who knows his football inside out and personally he has helped me improve a lot.

“We play every game to win – that’s the message from our coach and what we strive to do.

“Further down the line we’ll see what position we are in.

“The second tier in England is a very competitive league, there are no easy games and there’s always a great atmosphere in the stadiums.

“I’m really enjoying playing here.”

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