Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement with Benfica to sign Brazilian forward Carlos Vinicius on loan.
The Portuguese club confirmed the deal on Thursday which includes a £2.7m loan fee with an option to buy permanently for £38.2m.
Vinicius joined Benfica from Napoli last summer for £15m and has been identified as a perfect back up for Spurs striker Harry Kane and is expected to fly to London on Friday for his medical.
The 25-year-old striker last season nettes 24 goals and was linked with a host of European clubs including Juventus and Inter Milan.
Jose Mourinho when asked about the deal after Tottenham’s Europa League qualifying match win over Maccabi Haifa said: “No I want you to ask me that question when it’s confirmed.
“Nobody told me it’s done so I’m going to respect the situation, respect the player, respect Benfica and wait a little bit more. Next time we meet each other, maybe I’m in conditions to answer.”
The Brazilian forward has made two appearances this season in their 5-1 win against Famalicao earlier in September and in the Champions League defeat to PAOK recently.
Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday that he was very optimistic that Spurs will complete the deal for the striker before the October 5 deadline day for the summer window.
“I’m optimistic, but more than that the feeling that I like is that we are trying everything to do it.
“You succeed or you don’t succeed, its like football match: you win or you don’t win but you give everything and you try everything. The transfer market is the same.”
The summer transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday 5 October, 2020.