Tottenham Hotspur have tried many different players in their pursuit of a suitable back-up for Harry Kane. Roberto Soldado, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have all failed to make the grade, but there is now hope that the club can finally get that desired player in the form of Carlos Vinicius.
According to Alasdair Gold of football.london, Spurs are close to agreeing on a loan deal with a £36.3 million option-to-buy with Portuguese side Benfica for the Brazillian forward.
Tottenham Hotspur Close to Loan Deal for Carlos Vinicius
A Long Time Coming
It’s been more than 14 months since Llorente departed Spurs to join Serie A side Napoli. In that time, the club have struggled somewhat in the forward positions – not due to a lack of form from Kane, but more because they have had nobody to replace him when he suffers from injury.
Son Heung-min is the closest Spurs have to another striker in the senior squad, and he has filled in adequately at times. As well, Steven Bergwijn has sometimes found himself there, and even Dele Alli has been pushed into a more advanced position, although maybe not as an out-and-out striker.
Youngster Troy Parrott has also not been given many opportunities in a Spurs shirt, although that could change in the near future depending on the success of his loan spell in the Championship with Millwall.
What Spurs Would Get With Vinicius
Last season with Benfica, Vinicius scored 24 goals and created 13 assists. That impressive record led to some intense interest from Spurs much earlier in the window, but the price was too high for them at that time.
Since then, though, Benfica have been knocked out of the 2020/21 Champions League, losing 2-1 to Greek side PAOK in the third qualifying round, which seems to have aided Spurs’ pursuit.
It’s clear that the 25-year-old is a talented player – his goal record, and particularly assist record for a striker, is evidence of that.
There’s no doubt that Kane will continue to be the main man for Spurs, but if they can complete this deal, they may finally have found the required level of support they have waited so long for.