By Wayne Veysey

18th Aug, 2021 | 7:00am

Sources: Wolves open talks to sign Vinicius after Tottenham exit

Wolves have opened talks to sign Carlos Vinicius after he returned to Benfica following his impressive Tottenham loan, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site revealed in May that the Midlands outfit were “confident” of landing the Brazilian forward this summer and now they have made their move.

A Wolves source has told Football Insider that discussions have opened with Benfica over signing Vinicius and various options are on the table.

They include a permanent deal or a loan-to-buy with an obligatory purchase option at the end of the season.

Wolves are in the market for a centre-forward as they look to replace Rafa Mir.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that talks are progressing on Mir, 24, joining Atletico Madrid on either a permanent or loan deal.

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Wolves want £17m for the centre-forward after his 13-goal loan spell at Huesca last season and want to use the cash to bring in Vinicius.

The 26-year-old is regarded as a front man capable of making a big impact at Molineux.

He joined Tottenham from Benfica last summer on a loan-to-buy transfer that included a purchase option set at £38m that can be activated at the end of June.

Spurs opted not to spend that sum on Vinicius and he returned to Benfica, where he has started the new Portugese campaign.

Vinicius struggled for game time at Spurs last season, which is not uncommon for back-up forwards at the club, but had a a fine scoring record.

He netted 10 goals in 24 appearances for the Londoners at a rate of a goal every 101 minutes.

In other news, Wolves are willing to let star go for £17million as Jorge Mendes works on blockbuster deal as breakthrough near.