Transfer News: Tottenham willing to offer only £17m for Carlos Vinicius
The 25-year-old arrived at Tottenham last summer on a season-long loan deal from the Portuguese giants. As part of the loan agreement, Spurs have the opportunity of making the Brazilian’s transfer permanent for a fee of £36m.
But the north London club are now reluctant to pay the initially agreed amount. Instead, they have started negotiations with Benfica over the possibility of signing Vinicius for a lower transfer fee, with a figure around the £17m mark being mooted.
Since joining the club in the summer, Vinicius has made a decent impression whenever given a chance. While his appearances have largely been relegated to cup competitions and the UEFA Europa League, the 25-year-old has delivered when needed, managing a tally of nine goals and three assists from 20 games in all competitions.
But his lack of game time in the Premier League can be perceived as a lack of trust from manager Jose Mourinho. As a result, Tottenham have now informed Benfica that they will not be paying £36m to make his move to the club permanent.
Instead, the Lilywhites are trying to negotiate a lower transfer fee for the Brazilian, with the player’s agent, Flavio Ribeiro acting as an intermediary between the two clubs. The report states that Vinicius is happy in north London and wants to stay as he is of the belief that he will have a bigger role next season.
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The same has been informed to Benfica’s director Rui Costa while Vinicius’ agent has a meeting scheduled with the club president Luis Filipe Vieira next month.
Vinicius has done fairly well in the limited opportunities he has been given. It remains to be seen if there is any truth to this news and whether Tottenham are able to complete the transfer of Carlos Vinicius for just £17m.