Former Leeds United defender, Danny Mills has backed Tottenham Hotspur to sign Carlos Vinicius on a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell but believes that Daniel Levy will try and bring the striker’s price down.
Tottenham signed Vinicius in the summer on a season-long loan deal from Benfica, with the Lilywhites having the option to make the deal permanent for £40.9m.
Although the Brazilian has not yet started a single Premier League game since arriving at the club in the summer, he has already shown that he knows where the back of the net is.
The 25-year-old has put in several impressive displays in the Europa League group stages and scored a hat-trick when he was handed a start against Marine in the FA Cup third round.
The striker will be hoping that he gets more opportunities to show what he can do in the second half of the season but Mills believes that Vinicius has already proven that he is good enough to serve as Harry Kane’s understudy.
When asked whether he expects Tottenham to make the striker’s loan deal permanent, the pundit told Football Insider: “It’s one where the fee may change and Daniel Levy will look to do something if that fee has been agreed.
“Clearly they need back up for Harry Kane and he’s doing well at the moment.
“It’s taken a little bit of time to get up to speed and it’s not easy when you’re not playing week in, week out. That’s always tough.
“Again he’s got to work hard in training and show Mourinho what he’s capable of in those situations, do everything he possibly can.
“He looks like he could be a quality player. I think we still need to do a bit more of him in the Premier League, we might see that in European football as well.”
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If Benfica refuse to budge on their £40.9m asking price, then I cannot see us completing a permanent deal for Vinicius unless he makes a major impact in the second half of the season.
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