By Danny Mills

16th Jan, 2021 | 4:53pm

Pundit Exclusive: Levy tipped to knock down Vinicius fee after Benfica reveal

Danny Mills has tipped Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to try and push down the fee for on-loan striker Carlos Vinicius.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City full-back praised the way the 25-year-old has adapted to life in the Premier League since his arrival in north London.

Vinicius scored a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 5-0 drubbing of Marine in the FA Cup third-round last weekend, making it six goals in nine appearances across all competitions.

The Brazilian moved to north London from Benfica for a £2.7million loan fee in the summer with the club having an option to make the deal permanent for £40.83million.

But Mills has backed master negotiator Levy to attempt to secure a cheaper fee.

He told Football Insider“It’s one where the fee may change and Daniel Levy will look to do something if that fee has been agreed.

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“Clearly they need back up for Harry Kane and he’s doing well at the moment.

“It’s taken a little bit of time to get up to speed and it’s not easy when you’re not playing week in, week out. That’s always tough.

“Again he’s got to work hard in training and show Mourinho what he’s capable of in those situations, do everything he possibly can. 

“He looks like he could be a quality player. I think we still need to do a bit more of him in the Premier League, we might see that in European football as well.

“He can’t do more than score goals when he gets the opportunity.”

Vinicius is yet to start a Premier League game for Spurs and has been limited to just 24 minutes of league action across three appearances.

In other news, Football Insider understands a rising Tottenham star is set to join a new club on a permanent deal.