We are back with some more Whitecaps transfer news! It has been a bit since the last 3 but here we are.
Tuesday morning, the Whitecaps announced that the club has acquired fullback Bruno Gaspar on loan from Portuguese Primeira Liga club, Sporting CP. Gaspar will occupy an international roster spot, but lucky us, we just recently traded for another so that will come in handy. Especially once we announce our DP!! He will officially join the club’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC), medical, work permit, and visa. Bruno will be on loan through the end of 2021, with a club option to purchase a rumored $1.5 million.
The Portuguese/Angola international has spent the last 3 seasons with Sporting after a brief stint in Italy with Florentina. He is a Benfica Academy graduate and never made a first appearance for the Portuguese giants. He got his first team break with Vitoria Guimaraes making 93 total appearances for the club.
The big thing he is bringing to this team is experience. He has made a combined 7 UEFA Europa League matches between Sporting and Greek side Olympiakos. A player with that type of experience will be killer for this already young Whitecaps side. Bruno is expected to split minutes with Jake Nerwinski out at RB. He will provide some good competition for the veteran.
I have a good feeling with this signing because he can bring more stability to the backline. We could easily have the best wingback pairing in the league with Adnan and Bruno! Add in Ranko and Godoy and we’re stacked. We just need to sort out our midfield and we should be set to turn some heads this upcoming season.
The boss man is excited to bring him in as well,
“Bruno brings a wealth of experience from a number of very good leagues in Europe,” “As we continue to improve our roster piece by piece, Bruno is one part of additional moves we are looking to make. It’s important that we make sure we keep competition at a high level throughout our roster and Bruno will bring that to our team. We are very happy to have him join our club.”
Here is a little highlight reel for our new sighing:
An experienced fullback with European pedigree 🌍
— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) March 9, 2021
I will be releasing another Whitecaps Transfer Talk piece coming out this week about some new rumors as well. Stay tuned for that coming soon!
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