It’s been about two weeks since the last transfer piece and there is a fair amount to unpack so let’s get right into it!
There is an important update regarding Chiquinho. As far as we know, the transfer saga of the Portuguese midfielder has ended. At least the one regarding him coming to Vancouver. Multiple reports are saying that he is going to stay at Benfica for the remainder of the season. This would be a real bummer cause we all know he would light this league up and be a real game changer for the Whitecaps.
The Chiquinho saga is over, Benfica have taken him off the market and he’ll stay in Portugal for the rest of the season. So based upon the clues below, we’re now looking at two South American attacking mids as plan b and c. 👀 #VWFC https://t.co/VxzZ8VPRZf
— 𝕲𝖑𝖆𝖘𝖘𝕮𝖎𝖙𝖞 (@GlassCityFC) January 23, 2021
Another report is saying that he could be making his way to Turkey to play for Tranzabor. The rumor is he’d be on loan with the option to buy for $7 million. The sad part about that is that we apparently offered $3 million more to Benfica but they did not accept. This makes me think the player had no interest in coming to Vancouver and MLS.
Chiquinho at Benfica has been reported as a target for Trabzonspor. According to what I’m told, the two clubs have now agreed on a loan deal for the 25-year old attacking midfielder🔴🔵#Trabzonspor #Benfica
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) January 21, 2021
This next player might be a bit of a shot in the dark, but there are talks of Axel Schuster wanting to bring in Max Meyer. He is a former player from Axel’s Schalke days who just recently terminated his contract with English club Crystal Palace. Schuster is not one to use social media very often, and he does not follow many people. BUT, there is one player that he is clearly keeping tabs on. That is Max Meyer. He ticks all of the boxes that Axel said is a type of player we are looking for.
Meyer is a typical #10 but with an eye for goal. In his Schalke days, he had 22 goals and 23 assists across nearly 200 matches. While that stat line is not too impressive, he was still heavily involved in the build up play and a focal point in the attack. His days with Crystal Palace were a bit weird. He only played 56 matches for them and recorded more yellow cards than assists or goals. The guy has all the talent in the world, but maybe England was not the right fit. Vancouver could be a good place to revitalize your career! Just saying.
The last rumor of the day is an exciting one at that. As of 1/23, according to Tom Bogert, the Whitecaps have made an official offer for Otavio of FC Porto in Liga NOS in Portugal. He is a 25 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder who has lit up the Portguese league. He, like Chiquinho, does not have amazing stats but his play does all the talking. He has 167 appearances over the last 5 years. He is also available for a free transfer at the end of the season. If he were to accept our offer, then he would join us at the halfway point of the season in July.
Source: Vancouver Whitecaps make offer for FC Porto/Brazil youth int’l No. 10 Otavio.
First reported by Sicnotias. AC Milan also reportedly interested. Contract expires this summer, Whitecaps offer $5m signing fee + $2m/yr contract.
Otavio, 25, has 17g/45a in 166 apps w/ Porto pic.twitter.com/91oi6UA5W6
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 24, 2021
Axel Schuster also had some words to say regarding Otavio,
“I don’t want to confirm anything. We want to approach the best possible profile… it’s a good tactic not to speak so much.”
In typical Schuster fashion, keeping it very vague but dropping little hints for us too.
There is a slight problem with us trying to go after Otavio… There are talks that both AC Milan and Leicester City are also after him. While it is nice to get excited that a player of this caliber is on our list of potential targets, it also causes some concern. Both clubs and leagues for that matter, offer much more allure than MLS. The thing that could be a driving force for the Whitecaps is game time and stardom. He would easily be one of the best players in the league AND he could be the face of a club. These factors could help us get our man. We will have to wait and see as this sage continues to unfold.
What’s on the table for Otavio vs what he’s asking for …
€2m per season
25% of his next transfer fee
€2m per season
€1.5m signing bonus
€1.6m per season
€4.1m signing bonus
€6m signing bonus
Think #VWFC will need to up their offer.
— 𝕲𝖑𝖆𝖘𝖘𝕮𝖎𝖙𝖞 (@GlassCityFC) January 24, 2021
This is another player that we are going to keeping a close eye on, so stay tuned for more future updates regarding this transfer and be sure to follow my Twitter, @Michael_James32 for any other Whitecaps news!!