Mourinho settled for Vinicius after Spurs failed with ‘priority’ target
Jose Mourinho wanted to bring Moussa Dembele to Spurs as his top target but ended up settling for Carlos Vinicius, according to reports.
Tottenham brought Vinicius to north London a loan deal a few days before the transfer deadline, ending their search for a new striker.
The 25-year-old, who was joint top goalscorer in Portugal’s Primeira Liga last season with 18 goals in 32 matches, will stay with Spurs for the full campaign.
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Vinicius’ move means Tottenham finally have another forward on their books to ease the workload on Harry Kane, something they have been without since Fernando Llorente left the club last summer.
Spurs will pay a three million euro (£2.69m) loan fee and have the option of buying Vinicius for 45million euros (£40.38m) at the end of the season.
However, a deal for the Brazilian may not have happened if Mourinho had landed his number one target, according to French newspaper L’Equipe (via Sport Witness).
Lyon striker Dembele is thought to have been Mourinho’s number one target with the Frenchman ‘one of his priorities’.
The report adds that Dembele ‘could have left Lyon a good week or so before the end of the window’ after Mourinho ‘ticked his name’ as his top option to come in as back-up to Kane.
Spurs ‘wanted a loan’ but Lyon were hoping for a permanent deal, however the Ligue Un side changed their tune late in the window after failing to sell Jeff Reine-Adélaïde, Houssem Aouar or Memphis Depay.
By then it was too late as Tottenham had signed Vinicius despite it being ‘Dembélé that Mourinho wanted to attracted a few days earlier’.