Fulham have confirmed the signing of Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius from Benfica for a fee of around £4.3m.
The 27 year-old forward, who has spent the past two years on loan at PSV Eindoven, has been brought in as back up for Aleksandar Mitrovic and returns to the Premier League following a short stint at Tottenham Hotspur in 2020/21. He has signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage, with Fulham holding an option for a further year’s extension.
Vinicius scored ten goals in 22 appearances for Spurs and could make his first Fulham appearance against his former club in North London on Saturday. He told Fulham’s official website:
“I’m really happy to be here. I think it’s a big club with good people, so I’m really, really happy. I’m happy to be back in the Premier League again. I’m more experienced now and I think I can help the club.”
The powerful forward first shot to prominence when he scored 20 goals in the 2017/2018 on loan at Portuguese outfit Real SC. He joined Napoli the following summer but struggled to break into their first team, being sent out on loan to Rio Ave – where he scored fourteen goals in 20 games – and Monaco. He went back to Portugal, signing for Benfica, where scored eighteen goals in 2018/2019 as his new side finished second to Porto. After his loan spell with Spurs, with whom he reached the League Cup, Vinicius helped PSV win the KNVB Cup and finish second in the Eredivisie.