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Another Daniel Levy transfer failure has been laid bare after Carlos Vinicius revealed he came close to being brought back to the club. Vinicius spent last season with Tottenham on loan from Portuguese giants Benfica, scoring 10 goals in all competitions.
Spurs explored the transfer market for a forward over the summer in the fear that Harry Kane could depart.
Kane told Levy that he wanted to leave the club at the start of the window, having grown frustrated with their inability to challenge for trophies.
The England captain had finished as Tottenham’s top scorer for seven seasons in succession, with his potential departure leaving a huge hole in their squad.
As a result, Levy and the Spurs recruitment team began exploring options who could replace Kane in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.
One of those options, it has been claimed, was to bring back Vinicius, despite his poor goals return.
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The Brazilian was brought to the club by Jose Mourinho and quickly became a hit with supporters and coaching staff.
He had been seen as the ideal man to provide back-up to Kane, with the loan deal that brought him to north London containing an option to buy.
And Vinicius has now revealed that Spurs were keen to pick up that option, but ultimately could not get a deal done.
“Yes, at times Tottenham wanted to, but they ended up not being able to,” he told Portuguese football news website Zero Zero when asked if Tottenham wanted to buy him.
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“Regarding Kane, no comment is needed. He is a great striker. For me he’s among the top three strikers today.
“I’m glad I learned so much even though I was his substitute. In that situation, you only have two options: either let go or learn. And in the minutes they give you, prove your worth.
“That’s the one I chose. I took advantage, gave my best, proved my worth and I believe the Tottenham staff, including the fans, liked it.”
The main reason behind Spurs’ inability to bring him back to the club was a difference in valuation between Levy and Benfica.
The Portuguese club had demanded a fee in the region of £36million for the 26-year-old, an asking price Tottenham felt was too high.
Instead, the Premier League side were prepared to offer only £17m in order to pick up the option to turn Vinicius’ move into a permanent deal.
Benfica would not be moved from their asking price though, with Levy once again failing to complete a deal.
Having seen his return to Tottenham fail, Vinicius joined PSV Eindhoven on a two-year loan deal that also contains an option to buy, though he is yet to score for the Dutch giants.
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