On a season-long loan from Benfica, Tottenham signed Carlos Vinicius, the Premier League club reported. On Thursday, the Portuguese side revealed an agreement was in place for Vinicius to join Spurs, with the North Londoners paying a loan fee of £ 2.7 million and having the option of permanently signing the 25-year-old at the end of the season for £ 40 million.
And finally, Tottenham announced the loan signing of Vinicius, born in Brazil, who is supposed to provide back-up for Harry Kane, the talismanic forward.
For many months now, Jose Mourinho has been chasing a second striker, with Spurs testing out many goals, including Danny Ings, Haris Seferovic and Arkadiusz Milik.
But Vinicius, who will wear the No.45 shirt at Spurs, has been chosen as the man to provide cover for and compete with Kane as well, and now he has entered English football, he will expect to build on his fine 2019/20 season.
Vinicius promised to deliver his first trophy to the club since 2008 upon completing his move to Spurs.
He said: “I want to say to everyone that together we will taste success. I’m here to join this family to share your joy and bring home some silverware.”
The forward netted 24 goals in all competitions last season – ending the campaign with a scoring rate of better than one in two – and he’ll hope to prove himself away from Portugal.
His last exit from the country was a disappointment with only two goals scored in 16 games for Monaco in 2018/19, but Vinicius proved when he joined Benfica from the Ligue 1 outfit that he knows where the back of the net is.
In fact, Vinicius’ form with Benfica saw them place an £89m (€100m) release clause in his contract, and had the media lauding him as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers.
Vinicius doesn’t only excel at scoring goals however, as he also chipped in with 13 assists last season to record either a goal or assist every 71 minutes.
Unsurprisingly, one media outlet reacted to the striker’s incredible performances by writing: ‘Without question, he has been one of the greatest strikers in world football over the last year.’