Whitecaps Close to Landing Defender Bruno Gaspar from Sporting CP

Bruno Gaspar with Angola in 2019. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/CSM/Shutterstock (10320595ab)

The Vancouver Whitecaps are close to making a major addition to their roster ahead of the 2021 season. According to multiple reports, the MLS club is in advanced negotiations with Sporting CP over defender Bruno Gaspar.

The deal would see Gaspar join the Whitecaps on a season-long loan with an option to make the transfer permanent for $1.75 million, according to SIC Noticias.

The two clubs have several minor details to iron out, and the move could become official by the end of the week.

Gaspar can play multiple positions on both sides of the defensive line, but his preferred role is right back. This means his arrival to the Whitecaps could result in some exits as the club already has longtime starter Jake Nerwinski and youngster Javain Brown on the position.

Bruno Gaspar joined Sporting in 2018, signing a five-year deal. He played 30 games in his first season with the Portuguese powerhouse but failed to carve a role for himself on the team. This prompted the club to send him on loan to Greek side Olympiacos in 2019-20.

The 27-year-old player, who plays for Angola on an international level, also spent time with Benfica, Vitoria Guimaraes, and Fiorentina.