Wolves hope the offer of Ruben Vinagre can help them win the race to sign Carlos Vinicius this summer – but a familiar face now lurks on the scene in the form of Jose Mourinho.
The Molineux outfit are looking to bolster their frontline after seeing what life is like without leading marksman Raul Jimenez, who suffered a fractured skull at Arsenal back in November. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have since struggled to find the net on a regular basis and currently sit 12th in the Premier League table.
Frontman Willian Jose was brought in on loan from Real Sociedad in January to cover for Jimenez. However, the Brazilian has notched just one league goal in 13 games for the club.
And with Jimenez continually linked with a move away from Molineux before his horror injury, Wolves have earmarked Vinicius as either the perfect replacement or the perfect deputy – if Jimenez does leave.
Finding more firepower this summer is a priority for Wolves. However, with finances tight, they may have to get creative to bring in more firepower.
The 26-year-old has scored 10 goals in all competitions for Spurs this season, having joined from Benfica. However, only one of those strikes has come in the league.
And it seems those in power at Tottenham have turned their back on the chance to sign the striker on a permanent basis. Spurs’ option is set at £38m – and that is too high for what Spurs wish to spend.
However, parent club Benfica still hope to offload the Brazilian and a report last month claimed Wolves are keen.
Now, according to Record, Wolves will offer Benfica the chance to sign Vinagre as part of the deal.
The left-sided star is impressing while on loan at Famalicao and is reported to have caught the Eagles’ eye.
And the Portuguese paper reckons a swap deal could be sorted, with a cash adjustment heading Benfica’s way, in a move that would suit all parties.
Mourinho lurking for Vinicius
The story might not end there though for Vinicius. Indeed, Record states the striker could instead sign for Roma amid claims Jose Mourinho wants him in the Italian capital.
Mourinho was the man who brought Vinicius to Tottenham last summer. But despite failing to dislodge Harry Kane, it seems he did make an impression on the Portuguese firebrand.
The report claims Mourinho could yet make his move if a favourable fee is put on his head. Roma need cover and competition for the ageing Edin Dzeko. The former Man City striker turned 35 in March and has just a year left on his deal.