Tottenham have finally ended their search for a new striker following the arrival of Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica, with an option to buy for £36million.
The 25-year-old Brazilian, who was joint top goalscorer in Portugal’s Primeira Liga last season with 18 goals in 32 matches, will stay with Spurs for the full season and will wear the No 45 shirt.
Vinicius’ move means Tottenham finally have another forward on their books to ease the workload on Harry Kane, something they have been without since Fernando Llorente left the club last summer.
His arrival is likely to conclude the club’s recruitment for the window.
And the north London outfit took the opportunity to poke fun out of themselves on social media on Friday night as they announced their latest arrival.
In a video posted on Twitter, with the caption: ‘Bear with us, it’s been a while’, Tottenham’s communications department get down to work.
The media team prepare to release a press statement, and start typing in ‘We are delighted to announce…’ before Word asks if they would like any assistance.
And after declining the offer, the media department continue revealing they have signed a new striker before they get asked whether they meant to say ‘midfielder’, ‘goalkeeper’, ‘winger’, ‘defensive midfielder’, ‘right back’, ‘left back’, ‘quarterback’, ‘scrum-half’, ‘wicket-keeper’, before Spurs eventually give up.
They then finish off the amusing social media video by adding ‘striker’ to the dictionary’.
Boss Jose Mourinho has been desperate to sign a striker this summer, having been unable to do so in January, and will be delighted he has secured his main target.
It is understood Spurs were interested in Vinicius for much of the transfer window but have only been able to strike a deal after circumstances at Benfica changed.
Vinicius started his senior career at Caldense in Brazil, making his first-team debut in March 2017, before a transfer to Gremio Anapolis preceded his move to Europe.
His form for Portuguese side Real Sport Clube secured a move to Napoli in 2018, with loan spells at Rio Ave and Monaco before a move to Benfica in July 2019.
In an interview on Spurs’ Twitter account, Vinicius said: ‘I wanted to say to everyone that together we’ll taste success.
‘I’m here to join this family to share your joy and bring home silverware.’