Whitecaps Transfer Talk: Chiquinho the #10 we’re looking for?

by Michael Martinez

Here’s another bit of transfer news coming our way, this time out of Portugal. 24 year old Portuguese attacking midfielder Chiquinho is rumored to leave Liga NOS powerhouse Benfica and be making his way to MLS. The rumored club? None other than the Vancouver Whitecaps! The Portuguese playmaker would be the #10 that we have been long searching for.

Chiquinho recently transferred to Benfica from Moreirense for $5.78 million just two years ago. While he hasn’t lit up the pitch numbers wise, 3 goals and 7 assists in 46 appearances, don’t let the stat line fool you. Most Benfica fans that I have spoken with have said that he always stands out when he plays. If given the chance, he would be a very important player for Benfica. He has many qualities and strengths that are well suited for MLS and I can easily see him lighting it up here. Another fun FIFA fact, he has a 76 rated card on FIFA Ultimate Team!

Stats via WhoScored.com

Stats via WhoScored.com

Chiquinho would be a significant signing. The 24 year old has a market value of $8.8 million and would immediately become the most valuable player on the Whitecaps roster. As well as one of the 25 most valuable players in MLS overall. After doing some digging myself, I found that Transfermarkt spoke to sources familiar with the situation and naturally, they did not want to confirm or deny the report. They specified that the Whitecaps are talking to several players and their agencies in their search for a new playmaker. We knew this from the previous article and the information that Schuster gave us last week. That search has been narrowed down to three to five players and Chiquinho is very much one of those targets. 

Stats via wyscout.com

Stats via wyscout.com

UPDATE: As of Friday, 1/9, there has been an official offer made from MLS  for Chiquinho. The fee and the club has not been confirmed, but with all the rumors going around, we can assume the club is the Whitecaps and the potential fee would easily be $10 million. Let’s hope we can get the deal done quick and the player wants to join the project. There is some competition for his signature… Rumors are circulating that Serie A club, Torino are talking about putting a bid for him…

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