Tottenham ‘close in’ on highly-rated Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius

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Tottenham are on the verge of signing highly-rated Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius on loan with an option to buy.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to land a quality striker to provide back-up for Harry Kane amid Spurs’ nightmarish fixture pile-up.

Benfica signed Vinicius from Napoli for £15m last summer

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Benfica signed Vinicius from Napoli for £15m last summer

And according to the Daily Mail, they are closing in on Brazilian Vinicius, who scored 24 goals last season and has a release clause of £89million.

Benfica have already sold Ruben Dias to Manchester City for £65m – and it is understood uncertainty surrounding their finances has led them to consider cashing in on their star striker too.

Vinicius, the versatile forward who can also play on the left, has been linked with the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Mourinho hinted that Tottenham were closing in on a striker to provide competition for Kane.

Mourinho said: “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.

“If we succeed then great – I believe so – but if we don’t then that’s football.”





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