Noel Whelan insists that Carlos Vinicius could prove to be a bargain for Tottenham after they agreed terms of a loan-to-buy deal with Benfica.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League striker insists that giving the Brazilian striker a year to bed into the English top flight is “great work” from the Spurs board.
As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham have agreed to sign the 26-year-old on loan-to-buy deal with an optional £36million purchase clause.
Having joined the Portuguese giants from Napoli last summer, he scored 24 goals and contributed a further 13 assists across all competitions in his first season at the club.
Whelan believes that the £36million fee could prove to be superb value for money if he hits the ground running at Spurs and insists the loan deal will give him time to adapt to the Premier League.
“It’s a snip – £36million for a 26-year-old who is coming into his prime, it’s next to nothing for goalscorers,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“It’s great business, just paying his wages for the first year with that option to buy, is great work by the hierarchy at Tottenham.
“Not paying out that massive lump sum now but paying a year’s salary to see what he can do in the Premier League. It’s a lot different to the Portuguese league, we know that.
“It’s a lot stronger, it’s a lot tougher, but it’s giving Tottenham that option, that year to see if he can fit in, see if he’s got potential to be a player who deserves to be on a four-year contract.
“It’s really good business, they’ve not committed to anything there but bringing a player in with great pedigree.”