Wolves have been snubbed for major transfer target Carlos Vinicius after Spurs have had a bid accepted for a £2.7million loan move.
Reports claim that Jose Mourinho’s side will take the striker initially on a short-term deal before paying to buy him outright next year. Benfica will receive €40million (£35.9m) once Tottenham finalise the permanent deal at the end of this season However, the Portuguese outfit could have banked a sweeter deal had they entertained Wolves instead.
Why didn’t Wolves sign Carlos Vinicius?
TVI24 journalist Rui Pedro Braz (via Sport Witness) has outlined that the Wanderers had two official bids for Vinicius rejected before Benfica shook with Spurs. In January, Wolves tabled a handsome €60million (£53.9m) but it was turned down. Then, they followed up with an offer of €45million (£40.4m) which was also rejected.
Both offers were substantially more than what Tottenham are willing to pay, which will probably be playing on Benfica’s mind. Perhaps they thought that they could haggle for an even higher price given the fact that Vinicius was valued at a whopping £90million after his impressive performances in front of goal (via Daily Mail).
The 25-year-old netted a stellar 18 goals in 32 Liga NOS appearances, finishing the 2019/20 season with a total of 24 goals and 13 assists across all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
A strike partner for Raul Jimenez
With Diogo Jota making his move to Liverpool, Wolves are now short on attacking options. Adama Traore made a huge impact last campaign but often went long streaks without being involved in a goal. For Raul Jimenez, who already has two goals in three this term, a prolific goalscorer similar to himself could have been the perfect Wolves signing.
Nuno’s side fell short of a top six place last season, snubbed ironically by Spurs on goal difference. Jimenez led the line with 17 goals to his name and 26 across all competitions, way out in front of second highest club scorer Jota who scored seven and 16 respectively (via Sportsmole).
Deadline day looms and Wolves may have to solely rely on Jimenez this season to improve on their seventh place finish whilst rivals Spurs boast the signing they fell short of acquiring.
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