Carlos Vinicius: Tottenham sign striker on season-long loan from Benfica

Deal includes option to buy for around £36m; Vinicius expected to operate as back-up to Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur unveil new signing Carlos Vinicius at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre
Image: Carlos Vinicius displays the Tottenham shirt after sealing his loan move

Tottenham have signed Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan from Benfica, with an option to buy him for around £36m.

Vinicius joined Benfica from Napoli for £15m last summer and is expected to serve as a back-up to Harry Kane.

The 25-year-old scored 24 goals in all competitions last season and was linked with a host of Europe's biggest clubs - including Juventus and Inter Milan.

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Vinicius previously had loan spells with Monaco and Portuguese side Rio Ave last season before his move to Benfica.

He featured five times in the Champions League for them, scoring in a 2-2 draw at RB Leipzig, and helped Benfica win the Portuguese Super Cup.

Vinicius becomes Spurs' sixth signing of the transfer window, after Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined on permanent deals, with Gareth Bale coming back to Tottenham on a season-long loan.

He will wear the No 45 shirt.

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Image: Vinicius scored 24 goals for Benfica last season
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