Tottenham and Benfica offered free agent Jonas

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Tottenham and Benfica have been offered Jonas on a free transfer, according to the Daily Mail.

Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira (also known as Jonas) is also reported to have attracted interest from a host of English and foreign clubs, including Sunderland.

Jonas, 30, was recently released by Valencia after the Spanish club decided not to renew his contract - ending a three-year stay with the club.

Therefore, this means that he is free to find himself a new club, despite the transfer deadline having already passed, since he is now a free agent.

Sunderland have been contacted by Jonas’ agent, Tiago Goncalves, who said that the striker’s future will ‘’become clearer in the coming days’’.

Wants a move to England

The Brazilian is believed to be interested in moving to a Premier League club, but is also contemplating a move to Portuguese giants Benfica as he knows he could be a regular starter at Benfica.

An increased chance of playing at Benfica, however, means that the Portuguese club are currently in pole position to sign Jonas.

Able to either play as a striker or an attacking midfielder, his versatility and prolific goal-scoring record in Spain have made his suitors view him as a potentially useful addition.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be weighing up a move for him, wanting to reunite him with fellow ex-Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, in the hope that he can recreate their formidable partnership which was so successful in La Liga.

Additionally, Tottenham are still short in firepower – Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane remain Pochettino’s only striking options.

Prolific for Valencia

Having scored 35 goals during his three-year stay at Valencia, the Brazilian is an attractive and risk-free option for his suitors. During the two seasons Jonas and Soldado played together, they scored a magnificent 95 goals for the Mestalla outfit.

However, when they were split up, both players suffered an alarming dip of form – suggesting they duo had a very good chemistry.

Doubts over ability

Although he stands at 6 feet tall, it has been noted that Jonas cannot play on his own due to a lack of physical strength, which means he relies on his striking partner to help him hold off and run beyond defenders.

During his second spell at Brazilian club Grêmio, he was called ‘’the worst forward in the world’’ by the Spanish magazine ‘Mundo Deportivo’, after missing three chances in the same attack Copa Libertadores match in 2009.

Consequently, there are doubts over the Brazilian’s ability to play in the Premier League, where the play is incredibly physical and quick, and defenders are very dominant. He may know this, and opt to play for Benfica in the less competitive Primeira Liga instead.

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