According to a report in Portuguese publication Correio da Manha (as relayed by The Express), Tottenham Hotspur could look to sign Carlos Vinicius on a permanent basis in the summer but not for the fee agreed as part of his loan deal.
Spurs have the option to sign Vinicius on a permanent basis for £38m at the end of his loan spell with the club.
Although most of the Brazilian’s opportunities this season have come in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions, he boasts of an impressive goal-to-game ratio.
The 25-year-old started alongside Harry Kane at Villa Park on Sunday and netted his first Premier League goal in what was just his second league start.
Correio da Manha claims that Spurs believe Vinicius would be an ideal backup for Kane due to his ability to play alongside the England captain or lead the line on his own.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly given his approval to sign the striker on a permanent basis.
However, it is said that Spurs are not willing to pay £38m for Vinicius and a deal would only possible if Benfica lower their asking price.
Spurs Web Opinion
I do not see us paying over £20m for Vinicius in the summer unless he has a really strong finish to the season. That kind of amount might be enough to tempt Benfica into selling the striker under the current financial climate.
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