Everton have accomplished the signing of Ruben Vinagre on a season-long mortgage from Sporting CP.
He grew to become the Toffees’ second arrival of the summer time window after James Tarkowski, who was signed on a free switch after his Burnley contract expired.
Vinagre agrees a mortgage deal that features a buy possibility, which 90min understands is about at round £17m.
“It’s a dream come true to join a big club like Everton,” Vinagre informed evertontv. “The opportunity to work with very good players and a very good manager in Frank Lampard made me excited to sign.
“The manager is a football legend. Everyone knows him and the opportunity to work with and learn from him and someone like Ashley Cole – one of the best left-backs in football – is huge for me.
“Kevin [Thelwell] was also important because he knows me very well from when we worked together at Wolves. He explained to me about Everton’s proud history and the qualities you need here because it’s a very big club and you have to give everything for the supporters.”
Everton’s director of football, Kevin Thelwell, added: “Rúben is a player I know very well, having helped bring him to English football during our time together at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“He is a talented young defender with many qualities who has an excellent attitude and works hard on his game.”
Frank Lampard also toasted the defender’s arrival, saying: “I’m looking forward to working with Rúben this season. He’s a player with Premier League experience who will bring quality and depth to our squad. It’s important to have competition for the seats and bringing in Rúben gives us more options.”