Tottenham agree Vinicius loan from Benfica with £36m option to buy

The Brazilian forward looks set to complete a move to north London before the summer transfer window slams shut

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Benfica over a season-long loan deal for Carlos Vinicius, sources have revealed to Goal.

Vinicius will join Jose Mourinho’s ranks until the end of the 2020-21 campaign, at which point Spurs will have the option to sign him outright for £36 million ($47m/€40m).

The 25-year-old is set to become Tottenham’s sixth signing of the summer, and will be expected to provide cover for first-choice centre-forward Harry Kane.

Vinicius completed a €16 million (£15m/$19m) move to Benfica from Napoli in 2019, and managed to score 24 goals in 49 outings across all competitions in his debut season for the Portuguese club.

The likes of Juventus and Inter have also been linked with moves for the Brazilian in recent months, but Tottenham now look set to finalise a deal before Monday’s transfer deadline.

He was an unused substitute during Benfica’s 2-0 home win over Moreirense, with his last appearance for the club coming in a 5-1 win against Famalicao on September 18.

Mourinho confirmed that Spurs were in the market for another striker after they beat Chelsea on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

“I am optimistic, but more than that the feeling that I like is that we are trying everything to do it,” he told reporters.

“You succeed or you don’t succeed. It’s like a football match: you win or you don’t win but you give everything and try everything. The transfer market is the same.

“I like the feeling that my club is trying to do everything for us and for the team, that’s the most important thing for me.”

Tottenham are due back in Premier League action on Sunday with a crucial trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

Vinicius may not arrive in north London in time to feature against the Red Devils, but he will almost certainly be in line for his debut when Spurs host West Ham after the international break on October 17.

Mourinho’s men warmed up for their meeting with United by thrashing Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in their final Europa League qualifier on Thursday, with Kane hitting a hat-trick to take his tally to six goals in seven appearances at the start of the new season.

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