Tottenham Reach Agreement Over Carlos Vinícius Loan

Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement to sign Benfica striker Carlos Vinícius on loan for the remainder of the season.

Spurs' interest in the Brazilian only broke yesterday, with Vinícius described as José Mourinho's 'number one' target as he looks for a backup to striker Harry Kane.

Talks appear to have accelerated quickly as Gonçalo Lopes reports that an agreement has been reached over a loan deal which will also give Spurs the option to sign Vinícius permanently at the end of the season for €45m (£41m).

The story has since been confirmed by a whole host of other sources, with transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano adding that Mourinho is keen to approve the deal after missing out on the signature of Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik.

Vinícius, who is a friend of 90min's European Player Power Rankings (which you should definitely be following), exploded on to the scene last season with a fantastic return of 24 goals and 13 assists in all competitions, in what was his debut year with Benfica.

Vinícius has been described as the 'ideal Mourinho striker' thanks to his physical profile and work rate, with scouts quickly identifying the 25-year-old as a potential target this summer.

Alasdair Gold, who first reported on Spurs' interest in Vinícius, notes that Spurs did push to sign the striker earlier this summer, but Benfica's asking price brought the deal to an end. There's no mention of what that was, but Vinícius does come with an £89m release clause.

That forced Spurs to look elsewhere, with plenty of alternative targets being considered, but after Benfica were surprisingly eliminated in the Champions League qualifying stages, Vinícius has hit the market.

He is set to become Spurs' sixth signing of the summer, following Joe Hart, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Matt Doherty, Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilón in sealing moves to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.

Talks are also continuing with Inter over a deal for centre-back Milan Škriniar, although the two sides are believed to be far apart in their valuations of the Slovakian.

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Source : 90min