Carlos Vinicius

Tottenham set to sign Carlos Vinicius as Harry Kane’s back-up

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It seems Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has finally landed the back-up striker he wanted.

This is following reports that Brazilian forward, Carlos Vinicius is on the verge of completing a loan move to the North London club before the summer transfer window slams shut.

According to reliable sources, Spurs have reached an agreement with his club, Benfica over a season-long loan deal. The deal is expected to be sealed very soon and Vinicius will join Spurs initially on a loan deal until the end of the 2020-21 campaign. At the end of the season, Spurs will have the option to sign him permanently for £36 million ($47m/€40m).

Vinicius is expected to be a back-up striker at Spurs

If they get the deal over the line, he will become Tottenham’s sixth signing of the summer and will be expected to provide cover for Harry Kane.

The 25-year-old had moved to the Portugues club in a €16 million (£15m/$19m) deal from Napoli in 2019, scoring 24 goals in 49 outings across all competitions in his debut season.

Spurs beat Juve and Inter

It could be recalled that Juventus and Inter have also been linked with moves for the Brazilian in recent months. However, Tottenham looks set to finalise a deal before Monday’s transfer deadline.

The 25-year-old was an unused substitute during Benfica’s 2-0 home win over Moreirense. His last outing for the club was a 5-1 win against Famalicao on September 18.

Mourinho confirms the need for a back-up striker

Lauding his players for winning their Carabao last 16 tie against Chelsea on Tuesday, Mourinho confirmed that Spurs were in the market for another striker.

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

“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,” he told reporters.

After hammering Maccabi Haifa 7-1 to book a place in the Europa League group stage, Spurs will face a Premier League clash with Manchester United at the Old Trafford.

The Old Trafford trip might be too early for Vinicius, but he will almost certainly be in line for his debut against West Ham after the international break on October 17.