Designated as the great striker sought after for years, Vitinha was recruited for 32 million euros by Olympique de Marseille. The most expensive player in the history of the Marseille club, the Portuguese striker will have to resist a lot of pressure.
Vitinha, OM’s great striker?
What if Olympique de Marseille had finally unearthed its great striker? Wanted for years, this mysterious striker has still not revealed his identity. After several failures, the Marseille club decided to go all-in on one of the greatest promises of Portuguese football in the person of Vitinha (22 years old).
Vitinha overtakes Payet
Namesake of his compatriot from Paris Saint-Germain, the Lusitanian, well known to Football Manager fans, went out of his way to put his bags on the Canebire despite the many approaches from English teams. To complete his visit, Pablo Longoria did not hesitate to mix small dishes with the big ones since he agreed to pay 32 million euros, bonus included. The biggest sale in the history of Braga but above all the biggest purchase in the history of Marseille.
Because yes, the vice-champion of France had never signed such a check in his life. The record so far belonged to Dimitri Payet, repatriated for 29.3 million euros from West Ham in 2017. Moreover, large transfers have not always been successful in the southern formation. Kevin Strootman, enrl for 25 million euros in 2018 or Gerson, bought for 20.5 million euros in 2021, which are both in the TOP 5 of the most expensive recruitments, are the perfect examples.
It is therefore with enormous pressure on the shoulders and a sacred expectation around him that Vitinha will take his first steps in Marseille. Anyone who has only known Braga in his career will have to meet the expectations of the Velodrome, where his profile as a hardworking, powerful and generous player could be enormously appealing. With 13 goals and 5 assists in 27 appearances this season, he has in any case prepared well for this change in status. It is up to him to do what is necessary to justify his coming with a bang.
The 10 biggest purchases in the history of OM
1. Vitinha: €32m Braga in 2023
2. Dimitri Payet: €29.3m West Ham in 2017
3. Kevin Strootman: €25m for Roma in 2018
4. Gerson: €20.5m Flamengo in 2021
5. Duje Caleta-Car: €19m Salzburg in 2018
6. Lucho Gonzalez: €18m Porto in 2009
7. Andr-Pierre Gignac: €16m Toulouse in 2010
8. Loc Rmy: €15.5m Nice in 2010
9. Kostas Mitroglou: €15m Benfica in 2017
10. Dario Benedetto: €14m Boca Juniors in 2019
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