Tottenham’s hierarchy will not look to sign Carlos Vinicius permanently at the end of the season despite the striker’s nine-goal return this season, per reports.
Vinicius has spent the current campaign on loan at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from Benfica and has returned 11 direct goal contributions in 21 appearances, averaging a goal or an assist every 76 minutes.
The Brazilian has only made one Premier League start due to Harry Kane’s imperious form but has fared well in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup.
Yet the Spurs top brass reportedly have no plans to sign the 25-year-old frontman on a full-time basis.
Football Insider say the north London outfit will not exercise the £38million option agreed in his loan deal to sign the player permanently.
While chairman Daniel Levy has an option to try and negotiate a lower fee for the striker once his buy clause expires at the end of June, it is claimed Spurs have no plan to do so.
Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes helped bring Vinicius to Spurs to help serve as back-up to Kane but clearly the Londoners are not convinced.
His goals have come against lesser opposition domestically and in Europe and he has yet to find the net in the league.
Kane, by contrast, has managed 16 goals and 13 assists in just 26 top-flight matches for Mourinho’s side, despite their struggles since mid-December.
Mourinho spoke of Vinicius’ performances last month and admitted the attacker’s issue in the English capital is having Spurs captain Kane as a team-mate.
But the Portuguese coach generally appeared to be content with the performances of the loanee.
“He has one problem, and the problem is Harry Kane. It’s as simple as that,” the Tottenham manager said.
“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.”
It remains to be seen who Spurs will target if they do not look to sign Vinicius permanently either through the £38m clause or a lower negotiated fee.
Spurs have long struggled to find an adequate deputy striker given Kane’s class, though they could strengthen their forward line with the addition of Gareth Bale.
The Welshman has found form of late on loan from Real Madrid although making his switch to London permanent will involve plenty of negotiations given his huge wages with Los Blancos.