Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will offer less than 50 per cent of Benfica’s asking price for a permanent deal for Carlos Vinicius, according to a report.
Spurs brought Brazilian striker Vinicius in on loan in October as support to star man Harry Kane.
As the Daily Mail reports, the contract contains an option for Tottenham to make the deal permanent for £36million.
However, the newspaper says that Levy will offer only £17million for now, less than half of the asking price.
The report adds that Spurs began talks with Benfica over Vinicius’ future at the start of March. What’s more, the player’s agent, Flavio Ribeiro, played a key role in those discussions.
But while the financials of a deal have yet to be finalised, Ribeiro has reportedly informed Benfica that his client wants to extend his stay with Jose Mourinho‘s team.
Indeed, the 25-year-old supposedly feels that he has unfinished business to attend to in north London.
Despite playing a backup role to Kane this term, Vinicius feels that he can play an ‘increasingly important’ role in proceedings from next season onwards.
Vinicius has struggled for game time this season due to the partnership between Kane and Son Heung-min; the duo have scored 44 goals and assisted 32 others between them this season.
More recently, though, Gareth Bale has found his feet with two goals and two assists in five Premier League outings.
As such, Vinicius has remained on the bench in seven of the last 13 top-flight games. What’s more, he has only played 158 minutes across the other six matches.
However, he reportedly feels that, should he earn a permanent deal, he would be able to contribute more.
Further meetings over Vinicius future scheduled
The Daily Mail adds that Ribeiro has already held talks with Benfica director Rui Costa to discuss Vinicius’ future.
But the agent has scheduled a new meeting for April, in which Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieria will be in attendance.
Spurs’ offer of £17million will amount to just over the £14.5million Benfica paid Napoli to sign Vinicius in 2019.
The striker has played 19 times for Spurs, scoring nine goals and laying on three others.