Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Benfica's Estadio da Luz could host Champions League Final

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Thanks to the current COVID-19 pandemic effecting the globe, UEFA is looking at safer alternatives to host their Champions League Final and Benfica's Estadio da Luz has been mentioned as a potential host stadium to conclude the 2019/20 tournament. UEFA currently have security concerns with hosting the final in Istanbul as was originally the case and are thinking of condensing the tournament for the final eight with a one game elimination format all in one country. This would reduce travel and safety concerns as well as reducing the amount of games that are normally played. Lisbon is considered an ideal location with their newer stadiums, low COVID numbers and with no Portuguese clubs remaining in the tournament, no one club would have any type of advantage with no fans set to attend the games. Benfica's Estadio da Luz last hosted the Champions League final in 2014 which pitted an all Madrid showdown between Real and Atletico.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Benfica's potential starting line up against Tondela

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With Benfica set to return to action on Thursday at home against Tondela, reports out of Portugal have stated that Bruno Lage looks to have his starting eleven picked and ready when league play recommences. Lage is said to be looking to go with Vlachodimos, Andre Almeida, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Gabriel, Julian Weigl, Rafa Silva, Pizzi, Taarabt and Carlos Vinicius in the starting eleven against Tondela. The long layoff has benefited the club when it's come to it's injury list with the return to action of players Andre Almeida and Gabriel who were out of the lineup at the time of stoppage. Their return to the lineup will see Lage experiment with midfielder Taarabt in the secondary striker/attacking midfielder role along side striker Carlos Vinicius. Benfica have ten games remaining in the season and will look to kickoff their return to play with a win over Tondela.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Benfica to have a piece of members in stadium

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Benfica have let it be known through their social media channels that they will place a club scarf on all the stadium seats during their final five league home games. The initiative by the club wants the scarves to be sent in by the clubs members who can mail in their club scarves, drop them off at the clubs official stores or through Casas do Benfica. Benfica has labelled the campaign "We don't lower our arms" and look to replicate the chilling moment when the clubs hymn is sung by the fans by having a piece of every club member represented at the games.



Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tavares over Almeida as league gets ready to restart

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With Benfica set to return to action on June 4 at home against Tondela, Bruno Lage has a decision to make when it comes to the starting right back position. Andre Almeida the normal starting right back is recovery from an extended lay off due to an ankle injury and has not appeared in a game since the beginning of  February. Almeida is currently a step behind his teammates in pace during training sessions and Lage looks ready to name youngster Tomas Tavares as he clubs right back for next weeks restart game. Almeida has battled injuries all season having appeared in only 17 of the clubs games across all competitions this season while Tavares has appeared in 25. Lage hopes that Almeida will be up to speed as the training sessions continue and hope to have the vice-captain back in his regular spot after a couple of game into the restart.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Benfica being linked with another keeper

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According to reports from German magazine Kicker, Benfica is being linked with Freiburg starting keeper Alexander Schwolow. Benfica have already held talks in the past with Freiburg about central defender Robin Koch but it is unknown if the Lisbon side discussed Schwolow with the German club at the same time. The 27 year old German keeper is said to have an €8M buy out clause and has also garnered interest from Dutch side Ajax. Benfica are currently in talks with Boavista about acquiring starter Helton Leite but with interest growing in Leite's services from English clubs, Benfica may be looking at a fall back plan if the Leite deal falls through. Schwolow has been with Freiburg since joining their youth side in 2008 and has appeared in 160 career games in goal across all competitions, recording 37 clean sheets.

Monday, May 25, 2020

David Tavares latest tests come back still positive for COVID-19

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Benfica midfielder David Tavares continues to test positive for COVID-19 and remains away from the club as he awaits to be cleared. Tavares was first reported to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on May 8 and is the only player or staff member to have the virus. Benfica this past week returned to training at the Estadio da Luz as the club looks to get comfortable with playing in an empty stadium for the remainder of the season. Benfica is set to kick of the restart to the season on June 4 at home against Tondela.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Benfica looking at Perugia attacking midfielder

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According to reports out of Italy, Benfica are said to be one of the clubs that are interested in Perugia's attacking midfielder Vlad Dragomir. The 21 year old Romanian is said to be available for a very reasonable €3M due to the hardships that the second division Italian club are facing because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Dragomir spent three seasons with Arsenal's youth side before joining Perugia in the summer of 2018. The Romanian has appeared in 20 games across all competitions for Perugia setting up three goals and this move by Benfica looks to be a depth move by the club at a reasonable price.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Benfica return to action June 4 as League restarts

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Benfica get set to resume play in the 2019/20 season with a home game against Tondela on June 4 at the Estadio da Luz. Benfica currently trail FC Porto by one point for top spot in the league with ten rounds of games to go as the Liga Nos looks to finish the season and decide a champion during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Benfica's remaining league games will go as follows:

Home:
June 04 vs Tondela
June 23 vs Santa Clara
July 04 vs Boavista
July 14 vs Guimaraes
July 26 vs Sporting

Away:
June 10  at Portimonense
June 17  at Rio Ave 
June 29  at Maritimo
July 09  at Famalicao 
July 21  at Aves

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Benfica has exclusive Eusebio trademark until 2028

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Benfica have officially registered the Eusebio trademark with the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) and has exclusive rights to commercialize various products and services of the "Black Panther" until August 14, 2028. Benfica filed for the trademark on May 30, 2018 but nine months after the application was filed a formal challenge was made against Benfica owning those rights which stalled the officially registration but the club was awarded the decision to the rights in 2019.
Benfica will now proceed with using the Eusebio rights to make various products with the players likeness and name from video games, luggage, clothing, wrapping paper, Christmas ornaments and even animal products like leashes and collars to name a few. Eusebio's family will also reap financial benefits from the proceeds of sales by the club of all Eusebio trademarked products and the club has stated that they would be open to returning the brand back to the Eusebio family before the trademark expiry date if this is what the family wishes in the future.

Eusebio played for Benfica from 1961 to 1975 and appeared in 440 games for the club across all competitions, scoring an astonishing  473 goals to sit atop Benfica's all time goal scoring list. Eusebio won one European Cup and eleven Portuguese League titles in his time with the club and was named the Ballon d'Or winner in 1965.
Eusebio also won the European golden boot on two occasions (1968 and 1973) and was the golden boot winner of World Cup 1966 scoring nine goals in the competition. Eusebio passed away at his home on January 5, 2014 of heart failure he was 71.  

Monday, May 18, 2020

Benfica academy players that could debut with main squad when league resumes

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With the Portuguese league set to resume on June 4 and with FIFA having approved that a league may use up to five substitutes per game to close off the season, Benfica academy players could see their first set of action with the main club before seasons end.

We take a look at the most likely candidates that could make their debuts when the resumes.

Academy Players:

Tiago Dantas- Dantas made his first team appearance in the League Cup this season but has yet to play a league game for the main club, the talented 19 year old midfielder has been in the Benfica system since 2008.

Goncalo Ramos- The 18 year old striker has moved up the charts into one of the clubs better academy players and has been with the club since 2013, Ramos could add a Joao Felix type of play to the clubs attack.


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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Milan ready to offer Benfica player plus cash for Florentino

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AC Milan have turned up the heat on their pursuit of 20 year old midfielder Florentino Luis as the Italian club hopes to land the youngster during the summer transfer window. Milan are said to be set to offer Benfica a player on their current roster with Lucas Paqueta's name being mentioned as the most likely candidate to be part of the transaction and €15M cash to land Florentino. Milan have been trying to get Florentino to Italy since the winter transfer market and were trying to negotiate an 18 month loan with a €40M buy out clause attached but Benfica turned the move down as they felt the buyout clause was too low. Milan hope by adding the 22 year old attacking midfielder Paqueta as part of the deal this will entice Benfica to let Florentino join their club. Florentino has appeared in 15 games across all competitions for Benfica registering one assist while Paqueta has appeared in 19 games across all competitions for Milan also adding one assist.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Benfica await decision on Taca de Portugal final

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The Portuguese Football Federation has set June 4 for league action to resume as they look to conclude the ten remaining games in the season. The Federation has informed both Benfica and FC Porto that the Taca de Portugal Final between both clubs would be played at an undetermined date and location once the league and the clubs are able to agree to a schedule. The Taca which is normally the final game of the Portuguese season and played at Jamor could be played before the seasons final games and due to Jamor Stadium not meeting the requirements set by the Directorate-General of Health. The Federation is looking for alternate stadiums to host the Final with Aveiro's Municipal Stadium and Algarve's Stadium mentioned as potential sites. Benfica will be looking to win their 30th Taca de Portugal title while playing in their 41st title game.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Ruben in place of Ruben rumours start to heat up

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The reports out of Portugal are starting to pick up steam in what could be a Ruben in place of Ruben scenario taking place at Benfica next season. The Ruben's that are being talked about are current Benfica center back Ruben Dias and Olympiakos center back Ruben Semedo. With Benfica coming to terms that a Ruben Dias departure is imminent next season the club has made the Portuguese International and former Sporting center back Semedo its top target to replace Dias in the middle of the Benfica defense. Olympiakos' loan interest in winger Jota could make a move for Semedo more affordable with reports out of Greece stating the defender could be had for under €10M. Semedo has appeared in 37 games across all competitions for Olympiakos this season, scoring on five occasions. Benfica have said that they would like to see the €100M buy out clause for Dias met before they consider moving the 22 year old defender but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic effecting the clubs financials the youngster could be had for much less with the club said to be willing to accept between €60M-€70M for his rights.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Benfica set for retesting after positive COVID-19 player

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Benfica are set to complete retesting for COVID-19 after the positive test to youngster David Tavares was detected in the original tests completed last Friday. The entire football department of Benfica which include the players, coaches, support staff and more will be retested tomorrow in accordance with the rules imposed by the General Directorate of Health. Benfica will have swab samples taken from the respiratory zones and blood samples to view if any immunity has been acquired by the individual taken at the same time as the club prepares for the season restart which was announced today by the league to be June 4th.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Benfica youngster Tavares tests positive for COVID-19

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Benfica have announced their first positive result of COVID-19 as youngster David Tavares' test samples have returned positive, the midfielder is asymptomatic and currently in isolation away from the club. The 21 year old has already been subjected to a counter analysis which confirmed the initial result. The initial positive test result was conducted on May 8 when the club went through full testing of the squad, technical team and football staff as well as service providers who have direct contact with the club. Benfica also announced that the club will continue to train in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Directorate-General of Health and will have all players, technical team members, staff and service providers that had direct contact with Tavares will have new tests completed in the coming days. Tavares has appeared in two games with the main club this season across all competitions, coming on both times as a substitute.

Benfica turn to Flamengo left back as Grimaldo replacement

Benfica continue to search for a potential future replacement for current left back starter Alex Grimaldo and have turned their attention to 19 year old Flamengo left back Ramon Lima. Lima has grown through the Flamengo youth system and has made four appearances for Jorge Jesus' main squad in his time with the Brazilian side. Benfica are closing in on the potential sale of their current starting left back amid the financial uncertainty caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic and are hoping to have alternatives in place when the move is completed and feel that Lima's skills would excel in the clubs current system. No financial numbers are being reported at this time for the acquisition of Lima.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Helton Leite move from Boavista to Benfica all but done

Boavista keeper Helton Leite is all but guaranteed to be a member of Benfica when next season gets under way according to reports from Portugal. The 29 year old keeper would have already been with the club last season but a failed medical due to a serious rupture of the anterior ligament on his right knee suffered last season made Benfica halt the transaction until they were certain that Helton would be able to return to form. Helton joined Boavista in the summer of 2018 after spending time at Botafogo and has appeared in 36 games across all competitions for the northern Portugal club. Benfica have an option of first refusal on any sale that Boavista would want to make for the keeper and are currently in negotiations to finalize the move.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Vlachodimos returns to Newcastle wanted list

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Benfica keeper Vlachodimos is once again being linked with a move to Newcastle according to reports coming out of Greece's Alpha Patras. Vlachodimos was linked with a move last summer to the English side but the clubs were unable to come to terms on an agreement to make the move happen. Newcastle though has been recently purchased by a Saudi Arabian consortium who are set to splurge €200M to strengthen the club going forward which would make Benfica's demands easier to meet. Benfica are said to want €20M for the 26 year old Greek International who joined the club in the summer of 2018 from Greek side Panathinaikos and is signed until the summer of 2024. Vlachodimos has appeared in 85 games for Benfica across all competitions and maintained 35 clean sheets in those appearances.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Benfica linked with Barcelona owned right back

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Benfica are one of various clubs that's name has been linked to Barcelona owned right back Emerson. The 21 year old has been loaned to Spanish side Real Betis until the summer of 2021 but Barcelona have the option of bringing him back after this season and they could bring him back to sell him to the highest bidder. Benfica are said to be in competition with Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen for the services of the Brazilian with Barcelona looking at receiving between €20M-€30M to move him. Emerson has appeared in 23 La Liga games for Betis this season, scoring three goals while setting up another five. Benfica are looking for a right back to battle with current number one Andre Almeida who has gone through injury trouble the past two seasons and feel that Emerson would be a suitable replacement to the Portuguese right back.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Nottingham to return Alfa Semedo back to Benfica

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Nottingham Forest will return midfielder Alfa Semedo back to Benfica after the end of his loan spell this season. Semedo who joined Nottingham at the start of the season in the English Championship had a bright start with the club but his play quickly dwindled off and although the 22 year olds loan did not include a buy out clause it was unlikely that Nottingham would have triggered it if it did. Semedo has appeared in 23 games across all competitions for Forest, scoring twice with his last goal coming against QPR in late November. Semedo who joined Benfica in the summer of 2018 has spent the last season and a half away on loans as he previously spent  half a season with Spanish side Espanyol in the second half of 2019.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Benfica players set to return to practice Monday

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Benfica players are set to return back to training in Seixal tomorrow as the club prepares for the potential re-start of league at the end of the month. Benfica have already tested their players last Tuesday for COVID-19 and their practice will be divided into two sessions with the club separating players into group of fours during these sessions. Benfica currently trail FC Porto by one point in the race for the league title with ten games remaining in the season, how the games will be completed are still unknown as the league decides if it is the best interest of all clubs to play out of remote locations.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Olympiakos interested in loan deal for Jota

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Greek club Olympiakos are interested in agreeing to a loan deal with Benfica for youngster Jota but the Greek side are said to not want a purchase option as part of the loan deal. Benfica who normally prefer that any of their player loans be negotiated with a purchase option, could insist that without the option included the deal will not move ahead. Benfica are said to be currently looking for a club where Jota can get regular playing time with the hopes that Jota's performance goes over well and that the club can cash out on the 21 year old. The 44 time Greek League champions are currently led by Portuguese manager Pedro Martins and also can count Ruben Semedo, Jose Sa and Cafu in their ranks of Portuguese players. Jota has appeared in 19 games for Benfica this season across all competitions and has scored twice while adding three helpers.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Varela and Cadiz to return back to Benfica

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Benfica loanees Bruno Varela and Jhonder Cadiz are set to return back to the club after the Dutch and French leagues had their seasons cancelled due to the COVID-19. Varela who returns from Ajax after spending the past one and half seasons with the club as their back up keeper, appeared in only three games with the main club across all competitions. Varela who spent the 2017/18 season as Benfica's number one keeper has a contract with the club until the summer of 2022 but is currently not in Benfica's plans going forward and will more then likely be loaned out once again next season. Cadiz who joined Benfica from Setubal this past summer has yet to appear with the Portuguese club and was loaned to French side Dijon for the season. Cadiz appeared in 22 games for Dijon across all competitions scoring three goals while adding three helpers. Cadiz's role with the club going forward is a bit more uncertain as Benfica may look at retaining the players services depending on what summer sales take place.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Barcelona linked with move for Ruben Dias

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Barcelona have joined the race to land Benfica's central defender Ruben Dias according to reports from Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo who states that Dias is one of the names on the club's scouting agenda for some time. Barcelona joins the likes of Manchester City who are also monitoring the player. The paper also states that Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira wants Dias' €100M buy out clause met in any negotiation and is not open to sit at the table to discuss the players move otherwise. Dias has appeared in 124 games across all competitions for Benfica, scoring eleven times and setting up another five since becoming a regular starter with the club during the 2017/18 season.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Taca de Portugal between Benfica and FC Porto could be cancelled

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The Portuguese Football Federation is currently debating if there will be a Taca de Portugal final this season due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Taca de Portugal which is normally the last game of the Portuguese season was set to take place on May 24 between Benfica and FC Porto but unless the the P.F.F. gets the green light from the Directorate of General Health that the game can be played amid under strict restrictions the P.F.F. will not proceed with the game. The Federation has said it will not reach this conclusion without speaking to the two clubs involved but would not go against the Directorate if they were told the game could not be played. The Federation has accepted that if the game was to go forward it would be played in an empty stadium with the date and stadium to be determined.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Carlos Gabriel latest Brazilian linked to Benfica

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Carlos Gabriel is the latest Brazilian linked with a move to Benfica according to reports coming out of Portugal. The 20 year old Gabriel is on Benfica's list of future targets and has been loaned by parent club Atletico Mineiro to Parana until the end of November. Gabriel plays the left back position and could be seen as the heir apparent to current starter Alex Grimaldo. Gabriel came through the Mineiro youth system and spent the past two seasons with the main squad before being loaned to Parana in January for more playing time. Gabriel is known in Brazil as Hulk due to his build and is strong on the ball while being surprisingly quick. Benfica hopes to see the player in person in the near future once the world is back to a somewhat normal place.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Benfica squad await news about returning to work

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Benfica have not been in action since drawing 1-1 with Setubal on March 7th and the squad was given vacation a month later on April 7th with no definite time table to return back to work with the club. The SAD officials are said to be currently working on how the players will return to work safely at Seixal in accordance with the new league guidelines set up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports say that Benfica is leaning on having all players and staff back by months end or early May to resume training while the league looks at options on how to recommence the season behind closed doors. Benfica currently sit one point behind league leaders FC Porto with ten league games remaining in the season.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

David Luiz wants Benfica return before career ends

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Former Benfica defender David Luiz has let it be known through SporTV that his heart has always been with the club that gave him his start in European football and dreams of the day that he can wear the Benfica jersey once again before he calls time on his career. The 33 year old central defender joined Benfica in the winter of 2007 on loan from Brazilian side E.C. Vitoria before the club made the move permanent for a mere €500K six months later. Luiz spent three and a half seasons in Lisbon, appearing in 130 games across all competitions and was named the league player of the year in Benfica's title run of 2009/10. Benfica cashed in on Luiz's popularity across Europe in the winter of 2011, selling the defender to Chelsea for €25M and making a hefty profit from their original purchase price. Luiz went on to win the Champions League with the London club in 2012 and has spent time at PSG, a return to Chelsea and now calls Arsenal home. With the rumoured retirement of Jardel after this season Benfica could potentially be looking to add a veteran presence at center back and with David Luiz's heart already in Lisbon it will be up to the club if they want to add the body. 

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Franco Cervi turns down move to Brazil

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Brazilian club Internacional have their eyes set on making a move to acquire Benfica midfielder Franco Cervi when the transfer window opens up in the summer. Internacional's manager Eduardo Coudet managed the winger while running Cervi's former club Rosario Central back in 2015-2016 and is a big fan of his former player. Cervi though is said to not be interested in departing Benfica for a return back to South America at this time and would prefer to remain with the Lisbon side. Cervi joined Benfica in the summer of 2016 for €5.7M and has appeared in 143 games for the club across all compeitions, Cervi has scored 20 goals and setting up 26 over that span. The 25 year old made his Argentina national team debut in September 2018 and scored coming on as a substitute against Iraq.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Mile Svilar still in Benfica's future plans

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Mile Svilar has yet to appear for the main squad this season but the 20 year old Belgian shot stopper is still a part of Benfica's future plans. Svilar who has a contract until 2022 with the club joined Benfica in the summer of 2017 from Anderlecht for €4.5M and has appeared in 20 games across all competitions with six clean sheets. Svilar has spent the 2019/20 season with Benfica's B squad appearing in 20 games. Benfica are said to be interested in extending Svilar's contract past the current expiry date as the keeper currently is the clubs third choice behind starter Vlachodimos and Ivan Zlobin. The financial effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic are yet to be known to the club and Benfica are looking to safe guard an important position from within by extending Svilar.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Angel Di Maria talks to UEFA about time at Benfica

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Former Benfica winger Angel Di Maria gave an interview with UEFA's official website recently about his career and made sure to give his first European club Benfica major credit for becoming the player that he is today. Angel Di Maria joined Benfica from Rosario during the summer of 2007 for €8M after winning the World Cup U20 in Canada with Argentina. Di Maria told UEFA's website that Benfica gave him everything in his time with the club and that it is like his first home after making the leap from South America to Europe. Di Maria spent three seasons with Benfica, winning one league title, two league cups and appeared in 118 games across all competitions. Di Maria scored 15 goals while setting up 28 before departing to Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 for a then club record transfer fee of €33M. Di Maria also credited Benfica for earning his first call up to the Argentinian National side in September 2008 and that the club will always be important to him and his family.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Benfica set to give young striker Ramos a look

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With this seasons completion still up in the air as in when and where the league may be able to finish it up due to COVID-19, it has not stopped Benfica's coaching staff from thinking of steps to improve the club for next season. Benfica look set to promote another Seixal Academy product with secondary striker Goncalo Ramos' ready to make the move to the main squad. The 18 year old would slip into a role similar to what Jonas and Joao Felix played with the squad in previous years under a 4-4-2 system. Ramos was one of 60 finalists for the recent Golden Boy award won by Joao Felix and was the golden boot winner as a member of Portugal's U19 finalist squad in the recent 2019 U19 European Championship. Ramos has also been a key member of Benfica's UEFA Youth League run to the quarter-finals scoring four goals and adding three assists in six games. Ramos has also chipped in four goals and two assists in twenty games with Benfica's B squad in the Liga Pro. Bruno Lage continues to look for a secondary striker to complement his lead striker and feels that Ramos could be that key player between the midfield to the attack that Benfica has been missing this season. Lage is hoping to find out that answer sooner then later when it comes to Ramos.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Espanyol decline to exercise option on Facundo

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Facundo Ferreyra's one and half season loan by Benfica to Espanyol is set to end tentatively on June 30 and the Spanish side plans to decline to exercise the purchase option of €8M from Benfica to make Facundo's move permanent. Facundo joined Espanyol during the winter transfer window of 2019 on loan for a fee of €2.2M and appeared in 33 total games across all competitions for Espanyol scoring nine goals while setting up one during his spell. Facundo was loaned to Espanyol after failing to impress during his short time at Benfica scoring just once in nine games while falling out of favour with former manager Rui Vitoria. Benfica are hoping to find a club to take on the services of the 29 year old striker as they look to shed Ferreyra's high salary from the teams payroll, Ferreyra is signed for another two seasons and not in the teams plans going forward.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Agustin Urzi says Benfica interested in services

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Argentinian 19 year winger Agustin Urzi has told TNT Sports that Benfica is one of an extensive list of clubs to have approached his agent and club Banfield to discuss his potential services next season. Urzi who has come through the Banfield system made his first team appearance last season and has appeared in 32 games for the club across all competitions. The acquisition of Urzi who primarily plays left wing would provide an option that Benfica currently lacks to shift to a 4-3-3 system when necessary. Urzi did not disclose to TNT Sports if any dollar figures have been exchanged between Benfica and Banfield but is excited about a potential move to a bigger club in the future.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Alaves will let Fejsa loan end without purchase

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Alaves look to have made a decision on midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa for next season and the Spanish side will pass on making the loan move from Benfica permanent. Fejsa who is a defensive midfield specialist offers little offensively and has made five appearance for Alaves since joining on loan in January. The 31 year old Serbian became a member of Benfica in the summer of 2013 from Olympiakos for €4.5M and has appeared in 169 games across all competitions. Fejsa has won thirteen trophies in his time with Benfica which includes five league championships and is an active member of the Serbian national side, last appearing for his country in June of 2019.

Newcastle keen to bid on Benfica's Rafa Silva

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English club Newcastle are reportedly interested in Benfica play maker Rafa Silva as an addition to the club for next season and are just awaiting to see what their finances look like amid the COVID-19 virus. Newcastle are said to be ready to offer Benfica between €15M-€20M for the 26 year old winger but the Lisbon side will likely hold off on selling Rafa if it does not receive at least a €25M to €30M offer from the Baggies. Benfica acquired Rafa from Braga for €16M in the summer of 2016 and he has appeared in 125 games across all competitions since joining the club, scoring 35 goals while assisting on 20. Rafa was also a member of Portugal's winning Euro 2016 squad and their 2019 Nations League title winners.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Benfica will look to add from league due to COVID-19 crisis

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Benfica who are already being linked to Rio Ave striker Taremi and Boavista keeper Helton Leite within the Portuguese League could be looking to add more from within the league due to the current COVID-19 crisis as the club looks to tighten their budget for the time being going forward. Benfica who by adding Taremi and Leite strengthen their striker and keeper positions will also be in the market for a right back, central defender or two and a midfielder.

Starting at center back we revisit an earlier blog post which saw us discuss the potential acquisitions by Benfica of Braga center back Bruno Wilson and Rio Ave center back Toni Borevkovic who could both be added for a reasonable price value. Benfica could also look at Moreirense's Steven Vitoria for an added veteran presence in the number three or four role.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Benfica linked with Rio Ave striker Taremi

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Benfica have set their sights on acquiring Iranian striker Taremi from Rio Ave during the summer transfer window as the club looks within the league to bolster their squad next season as opposed to splashing millions of dollars abroad amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. The 27 year old joined Rio Ave in the summer from Qatar side Al Gharafa on a free transfer and has scored 11 goals in 27 games across all competitions. Benfica will have competition for Taremi's services from rivals FC Porto and Sporting but are counting on their good relationship with Rio Ave to seal the deal for Taremi.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Benfica look at potential replacement for Grimaldo

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Benfica are kicking tires when it comes to a potential replacement for Alex Grimaldo who has been heavily linked with a departure to Tottenham before the start of next season. The Eagles are said to be interested in Villarreal's 23 year old left back Alfonso Pedraza who has spent the season on loan at Real Betis but has failed to see regular minutes with the Sevilla side, playing behind current starter Alex Moreno. Pedraza has appeared in 12 games across all competitions this season after appearing in 82 games the previous two seasons between Villarreal and Alaves. Villarreal are said to be asking €10M for the sale of Pedraza which is in the ball park that Benfica would be open to spending on the former Spainish U21 international.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The layoff gets Benfica players back to health

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has seen the stoppage of league play since March 12 and some of the only good news coming out of this current world crisis is that Benfica has seen its list of injured players return back to health. Andre Almeida, Gabriel and Jardel are all awaiting the green light to return to training without limitations in preparation for the league resuming regular play down the road. Benfica would welcome the return to full strength of the squad with two of its regular starting eleven in Almeida and Gabriel back as options for Bruno Lage and Jardel would return as the third choice option at the center back position which the club currently lacks. The Portuguese league is currently considering resuming play at the end of May with the whole competition finishing the remaining games under quarantine in the Algarve in empty stadiums but what would be a boom for television viewership.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Julian Weigl uses time off to learn Portuguese

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With the Portuguese league suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic midfielder Julian Weigl has decided to use his time off to continue to learn the Portuguese language as he gets adapted to his new homeland. Weigl posted a video online yesterday with his girlfriend as the two translated some extremely long German words into Portuguese. Weigl recently joined Benfica during the winter transfer window for €20M from Borussia Dortmund and has appeared in eleven games across all competitions for Benfica. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Benfica in race to sign River Plate's Quarta

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Benfica continue to look at bolstering their squad for next season even as the league continues on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest player that the club has been linked to is River Plate center back Lucas Quarta. Benfica joins a host of clubs that have been linked to the center back, those clubs include West Ham, Inter Milan and Valencia. The 23 year old Quarta is a home grown River Plate player that has come through the clubs famed academy and plays a position of need for Benfica with the possibility of summer sales of their current starting center backs, Benfica who have also been linked with Freiburg center back Robin Koch will need to bolster the position. Quarta has appeared in 96 games for River Plate across all competitions since debuting with the main squad in 2016 and is signed until the summer of 2021 with a buy out clause of €20M. According to reports out of Portugal, River Plate may be willing to accept an offer of €15M to let Quarta depart the club.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Benfica and FC Porto to battle for winger Pepe

Benfica and FC Porto look set to lock horns once again but this time the clubs will be doing it off the field as both battle to acquire Eduardo Gabriel Aquino Cossa better known as Pepe from Gremio. The 23 year old winger has the interest of both clubs according to reports from Brazil but do to the current COVID-19 pandemic going across the club his agents upcoming trip to Europe to talk with potential suitors has been cancelled. Pepe has a contract with Gremio until the end of 2022 and joined the Brazilian side in April 2016 appearing in 64 games and scoring 12 goals. Gremio currently owns 70% of the players rights and is said to be asking for €20M.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Benfica have back up in mind if Vlachodimos moves on

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Benfica are set if they are to move on from current number one keeper Vlachodimos as the Greek International has been linked with a summer move to Italian clubs Inter Milan or Napoli. Reports out of Turkey have Benfica linked to current Trabzonspor starter Ugurcan Cakir to take over the number one role as the Turkish International garners interest from some of Europe's bigger clubs with Arsenal, Leicester City and Tottenham all linked to the 23 year old. Cakir has appeared in 33 games across all competitions for the Turkish league leaders allowing 39 goals while maintaining 4 clean sheets. The Turkish clubs President Ahmet Agaoglu has gone on to say that he feels Cakir is one of the top three keepers in Europe and future starter for the Turkish National side as he looks to drive up the price from what is a reported €20M. Benfica came close to landing Juventus keeper Perin over this past summer for €12M along with a Seixal academy prospect but a failed physical by the Italian put an end to that move. Benfica could try the same type of approach for Cakir to lower Trabzonspor's asking price and land Vlachodimos replacement for next season.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Newell want Lema loan move to become permanent offer players

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Benfica and Argentinian club Newell Old Boys are working on an agreement to make Cristian Lema's loan move permanent and with Newell struggling to come with the €3M that Benfica are looking for, Newell are offering Benfica a deal that would involve players in return. Newell are said to be offering Benfica a choice of 19 year old forward Tobias Donsati, 20 year old midfielder Anibal Moreno and 22 year old midfielder Jeronimo Cacciabue to clinch the permanent move. Lema joined Benfica from Belgrano in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer but only appeared in two games for the Eagles before loan spells at Penarol and this past season with Newell. Lema has appeared in 22 games for Newell and has scored 4 goals of the three players being offered Cacciabue is said to be the most ready to join the main club while Moreno is the player with the most promise. Benfica and Newell will continue to work on coming to an agreement until June 30 when Lema's loan move will end and he will return to Benfica.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Benfica linked to Tigres attacking midfielder

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Benfica have been linked to another summer improvement according to reports out of Portugal and this time it is Tigres attacking midfielder Leonardo Fernandez who is currently on loan with another Mexican side Toluca. The 21 year old Uruguayan joined Tigres in the summer of 2019 from CA Fenix but has yet to make an appearance with Tigres. Fernandez has appeared in 11 games for Toluca across all competitions, scoring eight times while setting up three goals. The under 23 international is the owner of a left foot that has been making waves in Mexico and plays a coveted position by Benfica which is the #8 role. Tigres is looking for €15M to part with Fernandez's services, a sum that Benfica are close to acquiring from West Brom for the sale of  Filip Krovinovic. Jorge Mendes is said to be leading the negotiations on Benfica's behalf and was set to meet with Fernandez's agent Jorge Chijane but that meeting had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Benfica's should look within league for central defender

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Benfica could find what they are looking for right in their own backyard when it comes to strengthening the center back spot for the club this off season. Benfica will more then likely see Ruben Dias depart and with reports coming from both Portugal and Spain, the club could also see the departure of Ferro and captain Jardel when all is said and done. Benfica have promising youngster Morato to look forward to in the future but at the tender age of 18, the young Brazilian defender is still too green to take over a regular role with the main squad. Benfica have also been linked to 23 year old Freiburg defender Robin Koch who could come with a €20M price tag and be more then an adequate starter with the club but the squad would still be short at least two defenders that they could rely on to play regular minutes.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Manchester United have Benfica's Pizzi on short list

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Benfica midfielder Pizzi has had his name mentioned on the short list of Manchester United as a potential summer target if United are to miss out on their main target Jadon Sancho. The 30 year old Pizzi has been one of the best players in the Portuguese League the past few seasons and currently sits second behind teammate Vinicius for the leagues golden boot this year. Pizzi who joined Benfica in the summer of 2013 become a main stay with the club during the 2014/15 season after a season loan at Espanyol and has appeared in 270 games with the club across all competitions, scoring 72 goals and adding 80 assists. A move to United would see Pizzi join fellow Portuguese players Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot at the club and give United two of the best players in the Portuguese League over the past few seasons within a 6 month span after landing Fernandes in January. Pizzi is signed with Benfica until the summer of 2023 and has a current buy out clause of €60M. Benfica should not expect United to get close to that buy out due to Pizzi's age but the club would more then likely be open to moving their best player for half that price if you United were to get that high.