Portuguese TV show Mais Transferências brought some interesting claims about Tottenham Hotspur last night.
Journalist Rui Pedro Braz says José Mourinho has been telling the Premier League side he wants more alternatives for the centre-forward position, since Harry Kane is the only option he has.
That’s why Spurs became interested in two Benfica strikers this year: Haris Seferovic and Carlos Vinícius.
It’s said the chase for Seferovic started back in January, when Tottenham had a bid of around €15m turned down by the Eagles.
More recently, the London side thought of his signing once again, this time on a loan with an option to buy, a similar deal to what they agreed for Gelson Martins. That was rejected by Benfica once again.
Following the denials for Seferovic, Tottenham turned their attention to Carlos Vinícius, but their chances of succeeding don’t seem very big.
It’s said Daniel Levy first offered €25m, then accepted to raise the bid to €30m, and didn’t want to go over that. Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira is demanding €60m for the Brazilian striker, and is unlikely to cut that price in half.
Carlos Vinícius recently lost his place in Benfica’s team, and is currently their third option. That’s why at Mais Transferências they wonder if that’s a decision from manager Jorge Jesus due to the player’s poor form or because he doesn’t want to count on a striker who’s prepared to leave the club.