Daniel Levy has been remarkably busy.
The Tottenham Hotspur supremo puts deals together for the club, and has been looking to give manager Jose Mourinho the squad that he requires to challenge for major trophies.
There have been no fewer than six signings – Sergio Reguilon, Gareth Bale, Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Carlos Vinicius, and Joe Hart – and optimism around the club is high.
Vinicius, after all, is the answer to an age-old question: How does one find back-up to Spurs’ undisputed first-choice striker, Harry Kane?
And he comes in with plenty of pedigree, too.
The 25-year-old scored 24 goals in 47 outings for Benfica last season and has ended up in north London on an initial loan deal that could be turned into a permanent transfer should Spurs desire.
And former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown believes Levy has pulled off a blinder.
Vinicius was not involved on Sunday as Spurs thrashed Manchester United 6-1, as he had not received clearance to play for the club, but he could make his debut after the international break.
And Brown thinks that this is a “classic” deal from the club’s chairman.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “They like those loan deals with an option to buy because they want to develop him and if it does go well you’ve already got him in.
“You see quite a few of them with Daniel (Levy). Classic. He likes them.
“He believes that they see the quality in a player but there’s still work to do with them you have an option.
“So it’s a good deal.
“It’s also about the amount of games they’re playing so I think Jose will be pleased with that.”
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Levy has, as Brown alludes to, done this before.
The club brought in Giovani Lo Celso on an initial loan deal from Real Betis before converting the move into a permanent transfer and the same could well happen with Vinicius.
Mourinho was clear that the club needed a back-up striker to Kane, who has been ploughing a lone furrow for far too long.
Since Fernando Llorente’s exit in 2019, Spurs simply haven’t had anyone else to call upon to help Kane, instead asking the likes of Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli to fill in up front.
Now, though, they have Vinicius, an out-and-out forward who can step in, and potentially play alongside Kane, whenever he is needed.
This is a top deal from Levy, who has reportedly paid just €3m (£2.7m) to secure a player that Spurs have desperately needed for quite some time.News Now - Sport News