The Portuguese side made an official announcement on Thursday evening.
As reported by Standard Sport earlier today, Spurs will pay a loan fee of € 3million with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season. .
An official statement from Benfica read: “Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD has informed the Securities Market Commission (CMVM) that it has reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for the loan of player Carlos Vinicius until the end of the 2020-21 sports season for an amount of 3 million euros.
“Said agreement, communicated Thursday at 11:56 pm, includes a purchase option clause in the amount of 45 million euros, on which, in the event of exercise, the amount paid for the loan will be deducted.
“The deal depends on the striker’s signing of the striker’s sports employment contract with Tottenham Hotspur. “
Vinicius’ imminent transfer means Spurs finally have another striker on their books to lighten the workload on Harry Kane, something they have been deprived of since Fernando Llorente left the club last summer.
Boss Jose Mourinho has been desperate to sign a striker this summer, having been unable to do so in January, and will be delighted to have achieved his main goal.
It is understood that Spurs were interested in Vinicius for much of the transfer window, but were only able to secure a deal after circumstances at Benfica changed.
Vinicius scored 18 goals in 32 games for Benfica last season and with a strong physique he seems suited to Mourinho’s style of play.
Mourinho was asked about the deal after his side beat Maccabi Haifa 7-2 to reserve their place in the Europa League group stages, but he has chosen to keep a low profile.
“No, I want you to ask me that question when it’s confirmed,” he said.
“No one told me it was done so I’m going to respect the situation, respect the player, respect Benfica and wait a little longer. ”
“Maybe next time we meet I’ll be able to answer. ”
Additional reports from the Press Association