Tottenham chiefs think they’ve found ideal Harry Kane partner as Jose Mourinho backs deal

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Tottenham bosses believe that in Carlos Vinicius they have their ideal partner and back-up for Harry Kane and have ambitions to make the striker’s move to the Premier League permanent this summer, but not for the fee agreed in his loan deal.

Vinicius has only played 260 minutes of Premier League action but has a respectable return of 10 goals across all competitions with nine of those coming in 12 matches in the domestic and continental cups.

Tottenham have an option in the season-long loan deal they agreed with Benfica to sign the 25-year-old permanently at the cost of around £38million (€45m).

Yet according to Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha, while Spurs are eager to bring Vinicius to north London on a full-time basis, they will not do so for that fee with their finances limited.

A deal will only happen, it is claimed, if Benfica agree to accepting a lower fee for the forward’s services.

Despite being unwilling to pay as much as £38m, it is said that decision-makers at Spurs see Vinicius as the perfect player to have in support or alongside main man Kane.

The England captain has produced a stunning 27 goals and 16 assists in 40 appearances this season with his status as the club’s starting striker unquestionable.

Vinicius, though, has taken his chances in the Europa League and the FA Cup to the extent that the north Londoners see him as a solid support act.

Vinicius started alongside Kane in the recent Premier League win over Aston Villa in a performance that hinted the duo could play together more often, as both found the scoresheet.

A permanent deal for Vinicius is said to have the support of manager Jose Mourinho provided that Spurs sign the player for a lesser fee, freeing up funds to be spent on other areas of the squad.

It is unclear how much Benfica would demand for a player who scored 24 times and provided 13 assists in Portugal last year if they are willing to accept less than £38m.

Transfermarkt value the player at around £18m which may be closer to the fee Spurs would prefer to pay, though that would be a significant decrease from the one agreed in his loan deal.

Mourinho, speaking last month, expressed sympathy for Vinicius given he is battling for minutes with Kane.

Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente are among the players who have joined Spurs looking to compete with Kane only to come off second best to the man who has 160 Premier League goals in 234 games.

“He has one problem, and the problem is Harry Kane. It’s as simple as that,” the Tottenham manager declared.

“You need to be a special guy, you need to be a special heart, a special mentality, a special feeling in relation to what you mean for the team, what the team expects from you.

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“To be a striker in the same team as Harry Kane then you need to be a special guy, always motivated, always happy to have one minute, five minutes or start the game.

“He is giving us what we want. In the Premier League he is going to play because we have so many matches that Kane cannot play every match.

“The first season in a country is never easy, especially a South American player that doesn’t speak the language, that is the first time he leaves a certain comfort zone.

“Portugal is a comfort zone for a South American player, it is the weather, the people, the style of football, the language. Portugal is a perfect comfort zone or adaption zone to these players.

“To come to England for Carlos was not easy at all but he is giving us what we wanted.”

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