Tottenham Hotspur are close to completing the signing of Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius, ending the club’s long pursuit to add some competition for Harry Kane.
According to Football London, the club has agreed to take the 25-year-old hotshot on loan and will hold an option to purchase him next summer for a fee of £36.3 million.
Spurs had tried to raid Benfica for the talisman earlier in the summer but their asking price was closer to £50 million, with Tottenham baulking at the idea of paying such an amount.
Benfica were surprisingly dumped out of the Champions League by Greek outfit PAOK last month. Their exit from European football’s elite club competition has now led to the Portuguese giants changing their stance.
Vinicius was a man on a mission last season as he scored 24 goals and registered 13 assists during a campaign spent bang in the form of his life.
The Brazil-born striker signed for Benfica in 2019 from Napoli. He never made an appearance for the Italian side, spending time on loan with Rio Ave and Monaco.
It’s, without doubt, his form in Liga NOS that has alerted Tottenham to his availability, however, and he could become a fan favourite very quickly in North London.
TBR View – Vinicius looks worth the wait for Tottenham
Signing a player to compete with Kane who is still yet to hit his peak as a footballer will surely delight the club’s supporters.
Tottenham have been linked with plenty of players this summer – strikers, in particular – but some have come across as desperate links, to say the least.
This transfer looks exciting and his 24-goal haul last season will mean he checks in at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium full of confidence.
The beauty of Vinicius is that he can play on his own, as a two or in a wider position as part of a three-pronged attack.
His arrival will end months of speculation over a new striker and Jose Mourinho will surely be delighted.
He is a proven goalscorer and a player who can bring some real quality to the team when things perhaps aren’t quite working for Kane.
If he hits the ground running Vinicius could prove a masterstroke by Spurs.