Tottenham Closing in on Benfica’s Vinicius

Tottenham Closing in on Benfica’s Vinicius

Tottenham are reportedly close to bolstering their mouth-watering attack this week as Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius will soon join the club on a one-year loan deal. While the details are a bit sketchy at the moment, it appears that this agreement will feature a buyout clause that Spurs can trigger to add the Brazilian as a permanent player for around 35 million pounds.

The 25-year-old had his best season of his career until this point last season with Benfica as he scored 24 times over 47 appearances in all competitions. He was the Primeira Liga’s top scorer that season and helped lead his side to their eight Supertaca Candido de Olivera trophy in history. Beforehand, he had bounced around both South America and Europe, leading attacking lines at clubs like Real SC, Rio Ave, and Monaco.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho was not prepared to talk about the Brazilian international, telling the press on Thursday “I wish you ask me when something is confirmed.” He added, “I want to be respectful to the player and Benfica and maybe you can ask me this again later.”

Vinicius is not the first striker that Spurs have reportedly looked into bringing in during this transfer window. While they already have one of Europe’s best in Harry Kane, they would be smart to add a back up just in case the Englishman is unavailable. The most high-profile players have included Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik, Southampton’s Danny Ings, and Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst. However for one reason or another, the North London side was unable to get any to make the leap. Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho did strengthened his side’s attack by signing former Spurs legend Gareth Bale back on a one-year loan deal from Real Madrid.

Along with Bale and potentially Vinicius, Spurs also added left back Sergio Reguilon, right back Matt Doherty, defensive midfielder Pierre-Emile Holjbjerg, and goalkeeper Joe Hart, while they also elected to buy-out Giovani Lo Celso’s contract after he was loaned to the club last season. They are also reportedly in the running for a trio of center backs, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, and Beijing Sinobo Guoan’s Min-jae Kim. We’ll continue to follow any developments here.

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