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01 October 2020 02:40

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Tottenham Looking to Seal Loan Deal for Benfica's Carlos Vinicius

Tottenham are closing on a loan deal for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. The 25-year-old Brazilian joined Benfica from Napoli for £15million last summer and has an £89m release clause. Yet, owing to Covid and Benfica's exit from the Champions League, the club is willing to negotiate and Tottenham are discussing a loan with an option to buy for £36m. Tottenham are closing on a loan deal for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius as Harry Kane's back up Vinicius is seen as quality cover for Harry Kane and has an impressive goalscoring record He is seen as quality cover for Harry Kane and has an impressive goalscoring record. Indeed, he was prolific last season, scoring 24 goals and attracted attention from the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves.

He has made two appearances this season but both from the bench in the Champions League defeat by PAOK Salonika and then in the 5-1 win over Famalcao earlier this month. While Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik has been considered it is understood Tottenham and other clubs, such as Roma and Juventus, who have enquired about the Polish striker, have reservations about the knee injuries he has suffered. Meanwhile, Tottenham have fielded a number of enquiries for midfielder Ryan Sessegnon with Southampton, Brighton and Celtic among those interested in taking him on loan. Tottenham are looking at a deal for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius but will require a work permit to land the Brazilian striker. Jose Mourinho has been looking for a back-up striker to support Harry Kane's workload and Vinicius, 25, is now his priority as he looks ideally for a targetman to come off the bench or start in Europa League games.

Vinicius joined his Portuguese club from Napoli last year and will be allowed to leave following their exit from the Champions League. Spurs would want an initial loan with option at the end of the campaign which would cost upward to £35million. Earlier in the window Spurs made an enquiry over Southampton's Danny Ings but his club want him to stay at St Mary's this season. Vinicius, however, is now Mourinho's main target if a deal can be struck with Benfica and a work permit granted. Spurs have already pulled off a transfer coup by bringing Gareth Bale back to the club from Real Madrid, also on a loan.

Getting the right striker for Mourinho has been difficult as Spurs are looking for a player happy to be rotated as Kane takes the lead role. Vinicius' season in Portugal has shown Mourinho enough to believe he will make an impact in the Premier League. The forward scored 24 goals in all competitions and attracted interest from English clubs. Sign up to FREE email alerts from Football London - Spurs Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Tottenham Hotspur are attempting to seal a loan deal for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. As revealed by football.london earlier in the day, the north London outfit are finally closing in on agreeing a deal for a new forward more than 14 months after Fernando Llorente left the club on a free transfer.

Spurs have narrowed down their striker search in recent weeks to a number of players competing across Europe's leagues. Among the names linked include Torino captain Andrea Belotti, Metz striker Habib Diallo and Benfica's Haris Seferovic. Meanwhile, the club retain an interest in Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik and while the Poland international is not currently the club's main choice, he remains an option after being offered to a number of teams in the Premier League after his move to Roma collapsed. However, the identity of Jose Mourinho's number one target can now be revealed. football.london understands Tottenham are trying to close a loan deal for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius with an option to buy for £36.3m.

The 25-year-old scored 24 goals and laid on 13 assists last season. Interestingly, Spurs initially wanted to sign Carlos Vinicius earlier in the window but the price was too high. With that said, the Portuguese side's exit from the Champions League has helped matters slightly and the Lilywhites have between now and Monday to seal a deal. Speaking ahead of his side's Europa League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa, Mourinho did suggest he was confident of signing a new striker. How to get our daily Tottenham newsletter Why should you sign up? In each football.london Tottenham bulletin, we'll bring you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article - or any article in the Spurs section of football.london in fact - labelled 'Get the biggest daily stories by email' and click 'Subscribe'. I like the fact that my club, my transfer structure is trying to do everything to do it for us, to do it for the team. Benfica have other offers they would prefer to take for striker Carlos Vinicius, but the player prefers a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs are trying to sign the hitman from Benfica as they look to land a striker before the transfer window slams shut. They want to sign Vinicius on loan with an option to buy, but according to Portuguese outlet Plataforma, Benfica have other offers on the table which they would rather take; they are offers for permanent transfers. The player though wants to move to Tottenham and talks between the two clubs are continuing, though no agreement has been found yet. Super agent Jorge Mendes is at the forefront of the talks to take Vinicius to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. And Spurs, putting pressure on Benfica, have been clear that they will not wait much longer for the Portuguese giants to accept their proposal. Spurs want to sign a striker before the window closes and if they conclude a deal for Vinicius is difficult, could switch their attention elsewhere. They have been linked with several other options, including Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik. Following on from this morning's story, Spurs are trying to close a loan with an option to buy for £36.3m deal for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. The 25-year-old was Jose Mourinho's number one target this summer. The Brazilian scored 24 goals and laid on 13 assists last season.