Tottenham won’t be signing Carlos Vinicius on a permanent basis this summer, according to Football Insider.
The Brazilian striker is currently on a season-long loan from Benfica, and despite scoring nine times in all competitions this term, has struggled for chances in the Premier League, making just one start against Chelsea, when Harry Kane was out with an ankle problem.
Vinicius has performed well in the Europa League, scoring six times, plus notching a hat-trick in the FA Cup tie at Marine, but the report believes that Jose Mourinho will decide against bringing the 25-year-old to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a permanent deal.
Even when Kane was out injured, Vinicius was overlooked for the defeat at Brighton back in January – with Mourinho preferring Gareth Bale, although the Brazilian did make a positive impact on the bench, which led to him starting the Chelsea defeat.
But this decision doesn’t come as a great surprise. Vinicius has done well in enabling Kane to rest against lesser opposition, but hasn’t showed enough to warrant Spurs spending the reported £38-million fee that Benfica are asking for.