Monday, October 19, 2020

Andre Almeida suffers serious injury to knee

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Benfica right back Andre Almeida looks set to miss an extended period of time due to a knee injury suffered in yesterdays club victory over Rio Ave. Almeida was stretchered off the field just 13 minutes into the game with what the club is describing as a sprain to his right knee that has caused a rupture to the anterior cruciate ligament and the inner collateral ligament. The 30 year old continues to be accompanied by Benfica's medical team which is following all the recommended protocols for dealing with the injury. Almeida has been Benfica's starting right back since the 2015-16 season and with no timeline yet released for the length of time that Almeida will miss, Jorge Jesus will need to turn to summer acquisition Gilberto to fill Almeida's role. Jesus has also been working with midfielder Diogo Goncalves in training at the right back spot and could give the youngster a chance going forward.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Benfica in talks with Gremio for striker loan move

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Benfica are currently in talks with Gremio about a loan move of striker Facundo Ferreyra to the Brazilian side for the season according to reports from Portugal. Benfica have been looking for a home for Ferreyra ever since the end of his one and a half season loan spell with Espanyol and the 29 year old Ferreyra continues to train separately from the main squad at Seixal. Ferreyra knows that a move to Gremio will give him the opportunity to get some regular minutes this season as the Brazilian transfer window does not close until November 9. Ferreyra is one of the higher salary earners at Benfica and after the acquisition during the summer of Everton Cebolina from Gremio, Benfica hope that the Brazilian side will continue the warm relations. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Benfica players registered for Europa League

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Benfica have released their player list for the Europa League which will commence on October 22 and conclude on December 10 after six games of group action. Benfica will be in a group with Lech Poznan, Rangers and Standard Liege.

Benfica registered the following 25 players with UEFA for the round of games along with a B list:

Keepers: Vlachodimos, Helton Leite, Mile Svilar, Samuel Soares*

Defenders: Andre Almeida, Gilberto, Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen, Ferro, Jardel, Todibo, Alex Grimaldo, Nuno Tavares, Frimpong*, Tomas Araujo*, Joao Ferreira*, Pedro Ganches*, Filipe Cruz*

Midfielders: Pizzi, Gabriel, Taarabt, Julian Weigl, Rafa Silva, Everton, Pedrinho, Franco Cervi, Diogo Goncalves, Paulo Bernardo*, Umaro Embalo*, Tiago Araujo *, Rafael Brito*, Ronaldo Camara*

Forwards: Darwin Nunez, Seferovic, Waldschmidt, Goncalo Ramos*, Henrique Araujo*

* Notes B List player



October 22 at Lech Poznan

October 29 vs Standard Liege

November 5 vs Rangers

November 22 at Rangers

December 3 vs Lech Poznan

December 10 at Standard Liege

Monday, October 12, 2020

Benfica have not given up on Santos defender

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Benfica have not given up on landing Santos central defender Lucas Verissimo and are looking to make a move once the transfer window opens up again in January. Benfica were heavily linked with a move for Verissimo but the clubs did not come to an agreement on price with rivals FC Porto also getting into the mix hoping to snatch the defender from under Benfica's noses. The 25 year old Verissimo has been linked with a move to join manager Jorge Jesus since his time at Flamengo and the Lisbon side will work hard to make sure this happens in January.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Gremio intersted in Benfica's Franco Cervi

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Brazilian side Gremio have interest in Benfica midfielder Franco Cervi but have yet not contacted the club about the Argentinian midfielder. Gremio President Romildon Bolzan Junior admitted as much on program Caju Tricolor. Junior knows well Cervi's current situation at the club were he is not in Jorge Jesus plans for the upcoming season and mentioned Cervi's time with former club Rosario Central. The Gremio side is preparing a formal offer to Benfica for the 26 year old who is signed with Benfica until the summer of 2023. Cervi joined Benfica back in the summer of 2016 and has appeared in 151 games across all competitions, scoring twenty goals while setting up another twenty five. Benfica are said to be looking at around €15M to move on from Cervi and are not interested in releasing the player on loan.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Could Facundo Ferreyra get another chance at Benfica?

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With Benfica unable to find a squad to take on striker Facundo Ferreyra, the Eagles have registered the 29 year old Argentinian with the league as the club moves forward with the season. Ferreyra was acquired by Benfica on a free transfer in the summer of 2018 after he had just finished a 28 goal campaign with Ukraine champions Shakhtar Donetsk but Ferreyra's time at Benfica was short lived with the player appearing in only nine games across all competitions, scoring once before departing on an eighteen month loan deal with Espanyol.

Ferreyra did not fair much better in his loan spell scoring nine times in 36 games across all competitions with six of those goals coming in Europa League qualifying against lesser opponents. The former Ukrainian golden boot winner seems to have lost confidence and form but could he be another Jorge Jesus reclamation project? Although Ferreyra's league registration could be just a formality, Ferreyra is currently striker number four on the clubs depth chart and an injury or two could see Ferreyra back on the pitch with the club.

Ferreyra will arrive from Barcelona were he was awaiting a move and work at the training center were he should be presented with a training regiment from the technical team as he prepares to rejoin the squad. The striker who earns around €2M per season declined offers to join clubs in the Middle East and China and now awaits a chance to prove to the club, the manager and himself that he is not a has been.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Is Jesus to blame for the Seixal exodus?

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The exodus of Benfica academy players since the return of Jorge Jesus to Benfica has a lot of Benfica fans in arms as the academies best players move to find playing time elsewhere with the veteran manager not interested in providing any minutes with the main squad as he looks to more seasoned players to fill those roles. Benfica fans fear that even though the majority of loans do not include buy options at their conclusion, most of these players will never don the clubs jersey again a la Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo. 

Many fans recall Jesus' last run with the club and although successful the clubs youth system took a hit in development and reward with many of the academies big names providing a smaller financial return, when you look at Bernardo's and Cancelo's sales, which amounted to a combined €30M. Would the likes of Ruben Dias, Nelson Semedo, Renato Sanches, Victor Lindelof, Goncalo Guedes or Joao Felix have been so successful with the club if Jesus was on the sidelines? Would these six have provided the club with an infusion of €330M in sales with Jesus patrolling the club?

These are all questions that we look at with the current exodus of the academies best players via loan. Benfica have loaned defensive midfielder Florentino Luis to Monaco, winger Jota to Real Valladolid, right back Tomas Tavares to Alaves, center back Pedro Alvaro to Belenenses, attacking midfielder David Tavares to Moreirense and the clubs most talented prospect Tiago Dantas to Bayern Munich with the last loan deal unknown if a buy clause is included or not. The clubs current crown jewel, striker Goncalo Ramos is still with the club but will he be utilized or squandered by Jesus, this question is still unknown and the answer to this question could see the white towels arrive outside the stadium quicker then any would anticipate and this could be a first for a club that may just be sitting atop the league. So is Jesus to blame for the Seixal exodus? The fans will answer that shortly.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Benfica center backs look old and broken

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Benfica have moved on from their young starting center back and Portugal international this week when Ruben Dias was sold to Man City for €68M. Benfica replaced Dias with a slow aging veteran in Nicolas Otamendi, who got his first start for Benfica alongside another aging veteran in Jardel who was in replacing another aging veteran in Jan Vertonghen who is already out with an injury, suffered in Week 2 of action. Get the idea? The three center backs aged 34 (Jardel), 33 (Vertonghen) and 32 (Otamendi), could make this a very long season for the Lisbon side all on the account of Jesus and his insistence on veteran center backs. 

The issue has now gotten more complicated when Jardel was replaced in the second half of today's game by Ferro after suffering another injury to the long list of injuries that have kept the Benfica captain out of the lineup on a regular basis the past few seasons. Ferro who is the only young body at age 23 on this current Benfica squad that plays center back, just only a few weeks ago was being mentioned as a player not needed by Jesus and set to leave the club on loan. Benfica currently have only two center backs healthy in Otamendi and Ferro and will need to look at making a move in the transfer market to shore up the back line with none of its current B squad players ready to play a pivotal role with the club this season.

The one name that continues to be linked to Benfica is former Jesus player Ruben Semedo. The 26 year old Olympiacos defender is said to want to make the move to Benfica but both clubs continue to dance around when it comes to the sale price with Benfica not wanting to get close to the €15M asking price. The club may not have a choice but to bite the bullet as it sits one injury away from having to move Samaris or Weigl to the center back position on a full time basis. Benfica could also look within the Portuguese League with the transfer window remaining open until October 25 in Portugal and turn to Rio Ave's Toni Borevkovic or Famalicao's Riccieli if they are looking to spend under €5M to shore up the spot with a young talented player as the current old and broken center backs seems to be a flawed approach.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Benfica finds out Europa League group

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Benfica have learned their Europa League group earlier today and will be joined by Scottish side Rangers, Polish club Lech Poznan and Belgian side Standard Liege. Benfica will kick off their Europa League campaign on October 22 in Poland against Poznan.

Benfica's Europa League schedule:

October 22 at Lech Poznan 

October 29 vs Standard Liege

November 5 vs Rangers

November 26 at Rangers

December 3 vs Lech Poznan

December 10 at Standard Liege

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Torino interested in Benfica midfielder Chiquinho

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Italian club Torino is being linked with Benfica midfielder Chiquinho according to reports coming from Sportitalia. Chiquinho belongs to the sports agency Gestifute which is run by super agent Jorge Mendes and only joined Benfica last summer but with the club now run by new manager Jorge Jesus and looking to add funds after losing a place in the Champions League group stage a number of players are available for the right price. The 25 year old has a contract with the club until the summer of 2024 and appeared in 38 games across all competitions scoring three goals while adding seven helpers. Benfica spent €4.4M to acquire Chiquinho from Moreirense and would want close to three times that to make a move.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Who is next on the for sale list at Benfica

After the sale today of Ruben Dias to Manchester City for €68M plus incentives of an additional €3.6M, the Lisbon side will look to cash in on a few more players from the squad before the summer transfer window closes on October 5. Benfica is looking to balance their books after losing the windfall of making the Champions League group stage when they had already spent €80M+ on arrivals to the club due to the return of former club manager Jorge Jesus.

Benfica will now continue to shop players that Jesus feels is not needed at the club this season, these players include last seasons top scoring striker Carlos Vinicius, midfielder Franco Cervi and a couple of players that spent the season on loan in Facundo Ferreyra, Christian Lema and Alfa Semedo. Benfica are looking to land €45M plus for the services of Vinicius with Tottenham, Leicester City and Crystal Palace all interested in the player but not at that price.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Will Seixal academy players get a chance with Jorge Jesus at helm

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Benfica are set to sell Ruben Dias this week to Manchester City, Dias is also the lone Seixal academy product in the starting eleven of the club and his departure could be the end of Seixal made players getting regular minutes under current manager Jorge Jesus. The veteran manager is known to lean heavily towards veteran players when at the helm and has made it clear what players he will be leaning on during the 2020/21 campaign. These players do not include academy players Florentino Luis (joined Monaco on loan), Ivan Zlobin (sold to Famalicao), Tomas Tavares (to join Alaves on loan), Jota and Ferro who find themselves looking at other clubs to find regular minutes.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Taarabt out with injury Jesus eyes replacements

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Moroccan midfielder Abel Taarabt will not play this weekend against Moreirense due to a groin injury suffered during last weeks opener against Famalicao which kept him out of training all week. Jorge Jesus is looking at Pizzi or Chiquinho as replacements for Taarabt in the midfield role. The Benfica manager states he is calm and confident with either player in that position with both players training during the week to fill the void.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Benfica and Fejsa set to part ways after seven years

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Benfica and defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa are currently in talks to end their seven year relationship with the termination of the players contract set to be settled between both parties over the next few days. The 32 year old Serbian is in the final year of his contract and with no place in Benfica's current lineup, Fejsa will be free to continue his career elsewhere with reports that he will move to a club in the Middle East. Fejsa joined Benfica in the summer of 2013 from Olympiakos and has appeared in 169 games across all competitions for the Lisbon side scoring twice. Fejsa was a key member of the clubs return to the top of Portugal winning five league titles and thirteen trophies in total as a member of Benfica. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

David Tavares heading to Moreirense on loan

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Benfica have made a move with one of their youngsters as they look to get some of their Seixal academy players regular playing time this season, sending midfielder David Tavares to Moreirense until seasons end. The 21 year old Tavares appeared in 13 games across all competitions and 1002 minutes between Benfica and Benfica B last season but went without registering a goal or an assist during his playing time. Benfica will now turn their attention to a pair of other Seixal products as they look to find loan deals for Jota and Tomas Tavares before the transfer window closes.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Jorge Jesus tinkering with Diogo at right back

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Jorge Jesus has always enjoyed experimenting with players on his squad at different positions and this continues this season with the veteran manager currently tinkering with 23 year old winger Diogo Goncalves at the right back position. Goncalves could follow the footsteps of former club players Miguel and Fabio Coentrao who built long and exciting careers after switching to the full back position. Goncalves spent last season on loan at Famalicao where he appeared in 34 games for the club scoring seven goals while setting up ten but what caught the attention of the club brass was the versatility that Goncalves showed while at Famalicao.
Goncalves played 24 of his 34 appearances at the right wing position but was also used in the right midfield, the left wing, the left midfield and once at right back. Jorge Jesus has decided to move forward with this experiment adding pressure to long time starter Andre Almeida and newly signed Gilberto for playing time and was quoted in by the Portuguese media that Diogo Goncalves could be a great right back in the future.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Benfica open season with a victory over Famalicao

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Benfica kicked off their league campaign with a dominant 5-1 victory over last seasons darlings Famalicao as they look to start rolling after this weeks disappointing loss in Champions League qualifying. Jorge Jesus made four changes to Tuesdays starting eleven inserting Luca Waldschmidt, Darwin Nunez, Rafa Silva and Gabriel while sitting Haris Seferovic, Pizzi, Julian Weigl and Pedrinho and the change paid dividend quickly when Benfica's new strike tandem combined to open the scoring with Waldschmidt chipping in a beauty to open the clubs scoring campaign. 
New signing Everton Cebolinha doubled the Eagles lead before Alex Grimaldo picked the top corner on a set piece to give the club a 3-0 half time lead. Rafa Silva and Luca Waldschmidt would extend the lead to five with second half goals before Famalicao would get on the scoresheet breaking Vlachodimos' clean sheet. Benfica will play their home opener in Week 2 against Moreirense next Saturday at 6:30pm WEST as they look to keep their form going.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Ruben Semedo still wants move to Benfica

Portuguese International Ruben Semedo is still pushing for a move back to Portugal to join Benfica even though the club will not participate in Champions League play this season. The 26 year old central defender has been linked with the Lisbon side for weeks but with Benfica now in sell mode, any future acquisitions look set to be put on hold until the club sorts out some of its finances with FIFA fair play rules potentially a concern for next season.
Benfica has already spent €78M on acquisitions and will need to potentially sell a couple of prized assets to get to their dollars spent. Benfica could be looking to move striker Carlos Vinicius and midfielders Franco Cervi and Florentino with the hopes of bringing in close to €80M from the sale of all three players as they look to hold onto prized asset Ruben Dias a bit longer. Jorge Jesus is leading the charge to land Semedo but the club manager and player will need to hold on just a little longer.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Benfica failure in Jorge Jesus first test since return

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Jorge Jesus's return to Benfica has started off with a thump and a kick to the rear, as Benfica get eliminated in a one game leg due to COVID-19 against Greek side PAOK and will not take part in the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2009/10 campaign. After controlling all of the first half but coming up empty handed Benfica allowed an own goal off of newly signed center back Jan Vertonghen in the second half and then were haunted by recently released Zivkovic for the second goal in what turned into a 2-1 defeat and saved some face with a Rafa Silva header in the 94th minute from being shutout completely in Jesus' first meaningful game since his return. 
The loss is devastating to a club that has spent over €80M bringing in reinforcements to the club in their bid to regain the Portuguese Championship but also make some noise in Europe's biggest club competition. The loss will also have a ripple effect within the squad as the club looks to recoup the funds lost from missing out on the Champions League group stage. This loss to PAOK has also shown that Benfica lack a true number eight in the middle of the field a problem that the club will need to address if they are to have success at home and in the Europa League this season.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Benfica will turn to Lucas Verissimo if Semedo fails

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Benfica are already lining up a back up plan if Olympiakos continue to play hard ball for the acquisition of Portuguese international center back Ruben Semedo with reports coming in that the club will turn once again to the Brazilian league. Benfica are keen on Santos' 25 year old center back Lucas Verissimo who Jorge Jesus is familiar with from his time managing Flamengo. This is not the first time the club has been linked to the Santos player who is a regular stalwart in Santos' back four having appeared in 115 games for the club across all competitions, scoring six goals while adding a helper. Semedo is the preferred choice of the club but with the season set to get underway this upcoming weekend the club wants a center back in place sooner then later and will not hesitate turning to the Santos defender.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Benfica announce player list for Champions League qualifier

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Benfica have announced their player list for their upcoming Champions League qualifying clash against Greek club PAOK on Tuesday September 15. Benfica have named 33 players to their squad list for selection of their 18 game day players below:

Keepers: Vlachodimos, Helton Leite, Mile Svilar, Samuel Soares

Defenders: Ruben Dias, Jan Vertonghen, Alex Grimaldo, Andre Almeida, Gabriel, Nuno Tavares, Joao Ferreira, Ferro, Jardel

Midfielders: Pizzi, Julian Weigl, Taarabt, Gabriel, Chiquinho, Samaris, David Tavares, Florentino, Goncalo Ramos, Franco Cervi

Forwards: Carlos Vinicius, Seferovic, Rafa Silva, Cebolinha, Darwin Nunez, Pedrinho, Jota , Diogo Goncalves, Waldschimdt

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Turkish side Fenerbahce interested in Benfica's Seferovic

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Turkish news is reporting that league side Fenerbahce has interest in landing Benfica's Swiss striker Haris Seferovic as a replacement for the potential departure of the clubs current striker Vedat Muriqi.
The 28 year old Seferovic is at the top of Fenerbahce's wish list and club officials have already made an official offer to Benfica for the strikers services but no figures for such a move have been reported.
Seferovic is signed with Benfica until the summer of 2024 and has a €60M buy out clause attached to his contract. The Swiss International joined Benfica in the summer of 2017 on a free transfer and has appeared in 125 games for the club across all competitions, scoring 43 goals and setting up an additional 16. Seferovic was the golden boot winner during the 2018-19 season were he lead the league with 23 goals scored.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Ferro and host of others on way out of Benfica

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With the arrival of seven reinforcements for the coming season and potentially a few more to come, Benfica have now hit departure mode for a set of players as they prepare for their Champions League qualifier against PAOK and the start of the league season. Benfica central defender Ferro is one of the names being linked with a move away from the club, the Seixal made player has value in the market and would add millions to the clubs coffer in a buy now deal or a loan deal with a purchase option. 
The rumoured arrival of center back Ruben Semedo to the club only reinforces the players departure before the start of the season. Ferro's name joins a long list of players rumoured to be on the way out from last seasons club. That list includes Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Chiquinho, Tomas Tavares and Taarabt. Benfica are hoping to cash in on some if not all of the players as they look to recuperate the more then €80M already spent on player buys.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Benfica's Taarabt turning into hot commodity

Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt has turned into a hot commodity across Europe attracting the interest of various clubs across the continent. Taarabt has been linked with Italian sides Sampdoria and Fiorentina along with Russian club Zenit and Greek side Olympiakos for a switch this upcoming season. Taarabt who is signed with Benfica until the summer of 2022, has been used regularly by Jorge Jesus during this preseason and any move for the 31 year old Moroccan would only occur if Benfica were to acquire another midfielder during the transfer window.
Taarabt joined Benfica in the summer of 2015 but only started making regular appearances with the club towards the end of the 2018/19 season after Bruno Lage took over the club as its manager. Taarabt since then has appeared in 45 games for Benfica across all competitions, scoring once while adding three helpers. Benfica would be looking to add between €10M-€15M to depart with Taarabt services from any interested party.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Benfica closing in on Ruben Semedo deal

Benfica and Olympiakos are work on hammering out an agreement that would see the return of Ruben Semedo to Portugal, this time playing for his former clubs arch rivals in Lisbon.  Benfica are pressing to acquire the defender for the least amount possible due to the fact that Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest are owned by the same person and the club is awaiting the final installment from their sale of Joao Carvalho to Nottingham Forest a couple of years back and are entitled to 50% of the proceeds of any Olympiakos agreement with Guimaraes for midfielder Pepe Rodrigues who's agent is currently in Greece.
Benfica could end up paying almost nothing to acquire Semedo due to the amounts owed to the club as Jorge Jesus presses to have the deal finalized quickly. The newest questions that could arise with the acquisition of Semedo is if Ruben Dias will depart the club but Jesus is known for his love of central defenders and this may not be the case. The 26 year old Semedo joined Olympiakos in the summer 2019 from Villarreal for €4.5M and appeared in 44 games across all competitions for the Greek champions scoring five goals, it is said Olympiakos are looking for €10M to depart with Semedo.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Benfica make formal offer to Flamengo for duo

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Benfica continue to look at strengthening their current squad and have turned their attention to Jorge Jesus' former club Flamengo presenting an offer of €30M for the duo of Bruno Henrique and Gerson. Flamengo have not made any formal reply to the offer but behind closed doors it is said that they feel that the initial offer is low for the pair. Gerson was one of the main pillars behind Flamengo's historic run with Jesus and the Benfica manager feels that the 23 year old midfielder could shine with the Lisbon side. 
Striker Bruno Henrique also had a fantastic season for Flamengo with Jesus at the helm and the Benfica manager is never short of praise for the 29 year old who was named both the Libertadores and Brazilian Serie A player of the year. The landing of the Flamengo duo would be a major scoop for both club and players, pushing the strength of the club to a higher level as they look for a return to winning not only at home but in Europe.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Benfica set to announce record breaking signing tomorrow

Benfica will announce their record breaking signing tomorrow in Lisbon when they unveil striker Darwin Nunez at a press conference in the afternoon. The 21 year old Uruguayan is joining the club from Almeria after the two clubs finally agreed to a reported €25M exchange setting a new all time high purchase for Benfica, surpassing their move for Raul Jimenez from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for €22M.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus led the charge for the players acquisition which saw the clubs pursuit end when Rui Costa flew to Spain to seal the deal earlier this week. Nunez scored an impressive 16 goals in 30 La Liga2 appearances, finishing fourth in league scoring leading to interest from many European sides. Benfica are expected to sign the striker to a contract for five seasons with a monster €150M buy out clause once they finalize payment plan with Almeria.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Merry go round of strikers to Benfica continues

With the return of Jorge Jesus to Benfica and the promise made by club President Luis Filipe Vieira to reinforce the club to Jesus' liking, a host of strikers have been connected with a move to the club but Freiburg's Luca Waldschmidt is the only player to have  joined the club to date. Benfica have been linked with a flurry of strikers over the past few weeks and no striker with a bigger name then free agent Edinson Cavani but due to constant last minute changes by the players agent during contract negotiations, the club decided to walk away keeping their final offer still on the table.

Benfica of late have been liked with Almeria striker Darwin Nunez with reports from Portugal and Spain stating that the player could travel to Lisbon as early as tomorrow to complete his medicals in what would be a record €24M, plus a player to be named deal, while others say it is another soap opera. Benfica were also said to have come to an agreement with Real Madrid for a season long loan of Mariano Diaz but reports came out that Diaz was looking for €5M per season to make the move which stalled all negotiations.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Jorge Jesus meets with President to discuss reinforcements

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New Benfica skipper Jorge Jesus is unhappy with the lack of acquisitions by club President Luis Filipe Vieira as was promised to him for returning to manage the club. Jesus met with Vieiria, Rui Costa and Tiago Pinto yesterday to discuss the status of reinforcements as he presses for more attacking options to arrive. With just over two weeks remaining before Benfica will play their one leg Champions League qualifier against either PAOK, AZ Alkmaar or Rapid Vienna, Jesus wants to have these group of players as options as the club tries to qualify for the group stage of the tournament. Benfica have acquired Everton (Gremio), Gilberto (Fluminense), Luca Waldschmidt (Freiburg), Jan Vertonghen (Free Agent), Helton Leite (Boavista) and Pedrinho (Corinthians) for this season but Jesus is expecting another three to four additions before the transfer window closes.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Benfica league schedule for 2020-21 announced

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Benfica's schedule for the 2020-21 league season has been released by the Portuguese League as the club looks to regain their league title once again behind new manager Jorge Jesus. Benfica will kick off the season against Famalicao on the road and take on defending champions FC Porto in O Classico in Weeks 14 and 31. Benfica will take on their cross town rivals Sporting in Weeks 16 and 33.

Full Benfica schedule for the 2020-21 season:

Weeks 1 and 18 against Famalicao
Weeks 2 and 19 against Moreirense
Weeks 3 and 20 against Farense
Weeks 4 and 21 against Rio Ave 
Weeks 5 and 22 against Belenenses
Weeks 6 and 23 against Boavista
Weeks 7 and 24 against Braga
Weeks 8 and 25 against Maritimo
Weeks 9 and 26 against Pacos Ferreira
Weeks 10 and 27 against Gil Vicente
Weeks 11 and 28 against Portimonense
Weeks 12 and 29 against Santa Clara
Weeks 13 and 30 against Tondela
Weeks 14 and 31 against FC Porto
Weeks 15 and 32 against Nacional
Weeks 16 and 33 against Sporting
Weeks 17 and 34 against Guimaraes

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Zivkovic and Benfica reach agreement to part ways

Benfica and Serbian midfielder Zivkovic have agreed to part ways after the 24 year old winger spent the past four seasons as a member of the club, winning two league titles and one Taca de Portugal. Zivkovic joined Benfica in the summer of 2016 on a free transfer after spending time with Partizan and appeared in 88 games across all competitions for the club scoring four goals and setting up twenty-four. Zivkovic fell out of favour with the club this past season and was informed by manager Jorge Jesus that he was not in his plans going forward, hence the start of negotiations between player and club to move on began almost instantly. The Serbian International is now free to join any club.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Benfica looking at keeper Ivan if starter departs

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Benfica have their eyes on Ponte Preta keeper Ivan as the potential replacement for current starting keeper Vlachodimos if the latter is to move on this summer with rumours swirling that Newcastle are ready to pounce on the Greek International. Vlachodimos has a buy out clause of €60M and Newcastle are hoping that the Benfica keeper is in the mold of former club keepers Ederson and Jan Oblak and are confident that he can be had for less then the buy out clause. Manager Jorge Jesus has identified keeper Ivan as his top target and has been interested in the 23 year old since his time at Flamengo.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Benfica turn attention to Diego Costa in striker search

With the collapse of negotiations between Benfica and free agent striker Edinson Cavani due to the players exuberant salary demands, Benfica continue their search for an elite striker for the upcoming season and reports from Spain have the club now seriously considering a move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. Atletico Madrid are also hunting for attacking options and with one year remaining on the Spanish International's contract, Atletico could be open to discuss a sale for the 31 year old. 
Super agent Jorge Mendes is Costa's representative and has brokered many deals between the two clubs over the years with the most recent being Joao Felix's sale for €126M last summer. Diego Costa appeared in 30 games across all competitions for Atletico last year, scoring five times while setting up another five and last scored double digits in a season while a member of Chelsea four seasons ago. New Benfica manager Jorge Jesus' attacking style could revitalize Costa's career which has seen a decline due to injuries and form since joining Atletico in 2018.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Benfica halt Cavani talks due to salary demands

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Benfica have decided to stop the pursuit of striker Edinson Cavani according to reports coming out of Portugal due to the Uruguayans exuberant salary demands. After weeks of rumours and speculation with reports coming out just yesterday that the club and Cavani had reached an agreement on a three year deal for €10M per season, it is now all over. Benfica was still open to paying a higher signing bonus over six years to the striker but Cavani's camp wanted everything in salary to the tune of €60M over three years thus ending talks.

Benfica have now decided that they will look elsewhere in their pursuit of a top striker at a more affordable price, moving away from the 33 year old who's salary demands just become too rich for the Lisbon side to bare. Benfica has a crucial Champions League playoff qualifier for a spot in the lucrative group stage coming up in a months time and manager Jorge Jesus would like to have a striker in place to conform to the clubs new tactics putting the pressure on club President Luis Filipe Vieira to deliver.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Federico Fazio latest defender on Benfica list

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Roma defender Federico Fazio is the latest name linked with a move to Benfica as the club continues to look to add another veteran presence to its back line. The 33 year old central defender has fallen down the pecking order at Roma and has one year remaining on his current contract. Benfica who recently signed former Tottenham centerback Jan Veronghen to play along side Ruben Dias is looking to add insurance to its back line and a player that can get into the lineup when one of the starters needs a day off. Fazio joined Roma in the summer of 2016 on loan from Tottenham before making the move permanent a year later and has appeared in 158 games across all competitions for the Italian side. The addition of Fazio could see one of Jardel or Ferro depart the club before the start of the coming season.

Jorge Jesus puts brakes on Svilar loan

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Jorge Jesus has halted the loan move that was set to happen for Mile Svilar after Benfica had agreed to terms with Belgian side Heerenveen but the new Benfica manager has decided that he wants the 20 year old keeper to remain a bit longer with the club training at Seixal. Svilar was acquired by Benfica in the summer of 2017 for €2.5M from Anderlecht and has appeared 21 times for Benfica across all competitions since then. Svilar's only appearance for Benfica's main squad during this past season was a 4-0 win over Aves in Week 33 but he did appear in 20 games for Benfica's B squad were he had six clean sheets. Svilar may still depart the club on loan before the start of the season but Jesus wants to see what he has in the keeper before any decision is made on his future.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Benfica open talks with Inter for Joao Mario

Benfica are showing no signs off slowing down in the transfer market and according to Italian site GianLuca Dimarizio the Eagles have started talks with Inter Milan for the services of former Jorge Jesus midfielder Joao Mario. Jesus managed the 27 year old in 2015 and 2016 when he was at the helm of Sporting and has asked his current club to look into what it would take for the Portuguese International to join his Benfica side this season. Joao Mario spent the 2019-20 season on loan with Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow where he appeared in 22 games across all competitions, scoring once while setting up six goals. Joao Mario joined Inter Milan in the summer of 2016 but has spent the past two and half years away from the club on loans and a return to Portugal could be in the cards if both clubs can come to an agreement. Joao Mario has been capped by Portugal 46 times and was a member of Portugal's winning Euro 2016 squad.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Benfica interested in landing Real Madrid's Nacho

Benfica seem to inquire about almost all available players as they continue to look at strengthening and changing their squad for the upcoming season. The latest player that has caught the clubs attention is versatile defender Nacho Fernandez who fits Benfica's manager Jorge Jesus view of adding more veteran defensive help to the squad. The 30 year old Real Madrid player appeared in only 10 games for Real across all competitions this past season and is said to be unhappy and is considering a move away from Madrid as he looks for more playing time. Nacho who is primarily a central defender can also play both defensive back positions if the need arose and would fit a perfectly into a substitute role for the four defenders when a rest was needed. Nacho would be the third defender added since the arrival of Jorge Jesus joining Jan Vertonghen and Gilberto, the Spanish International price tag is said to be in the range of €10M-€15M.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

As those arrive at Benfica, others must depart

The return of Jorge Jesus at Benfica was expected to see the club make some big changes as the former Benfica man looks to mold the squad to his competitive nature. Benfica have acquired six players over the last ten days in Jan Vertonghen, Cebolinha, Gilberto, Luca Waldschmidt, Pedrinho and Helton Leite but are also linked to a host of other players, most notably free agent striker Edinson Cavani.

Jesus has let it be known that he would like to work with 25 to 26 players on his main squad and with six players already added and potential for another two or three, expect some famaliar faces that we have come to know depart Benfica over the next few weeks as the club prepares for the upcoming Portuguese and European seasons.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Benfica announce three more signings as they stack club

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Benfica continue to revamp their squad announcing three more signings in the new Jorge Jesus era, as the club looks to field a powerhouse in the Portuguese league and give their European opponents something to think about when facing them.
Benfica announced the signings today of central defender Jan Vertonghen, winger Cebolinha and striker Luca Waldschmidt.

 The 33 year old veteran Vertonghen has signed a three year deal with Benfica and comes on a free transfer after parting ways with Tottenham at seasons end. Vertonghen was rated in the top ten best central defenders in the game just last season by many of Europe's top publications and his veteran presence alongside Ruben Dias will be fun to watch. He will earn €1.5M per season with a an additional €400K per season in bonuses if certain accomplishments are met. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Benfica make bold move for defender Vertonghen

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Benfica continue to look at moves to strengthen their squad for next season and have made a bold approach to free agent central defender Jan Vertonghen. The 33 year old Belgian International spent the last eight seasons as a member of English side Tottenham, appearing in 315 games for the Spurs across all competitions while also being capped by Belgium on 118 occasions. Benfica are confident that they will sign the veteran defender with new manager Jorge Jesus pushing for a more competitive club in Portugal and Europe.

Vertonghen has not been a member of a club that has won a team trophy since he was with Ajax back in 2012 and is said to like what Benfica have presented him in terms of the deal which is said to be for three seasons and the chance to play Champions League football. Benfica are also currently negotiating with striker Edinson Cavani and landing both players would be a major coop for the Lisbon side who have already landed right back Gabriel, keeper Helton Leite and are set to announce the arrival of winger Cebolinha.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Benfica reps travel to Germany to close Waldschmidt

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Benfica reps Rui Costa and Tiago Pinto are in Germany hoping to close a deal for 24 year old Freiburg striker Luca Waldschmidt. Benfica have been in talks for the left footed striker since the winter transfer window and with newly appointed manager Jorge Jesus giving the management side the green light in acquiring the youngster, the club hopes to have this deal sealed by the end of the current week. According to German daily Bild, Freiburg are said to want €12M to depart with the services of Waldschmidt who appeared in 24 games across all competitions for the German side this past season and scored seven goals while setting up three others. Benfica have also been linked heavily to Freiburg defender Robin Koch over the past few months but with Jesus' recent comments about wanting to add a more veteran presence to the back four, the trip to Freiburg will be for only one.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Jorge Jesus expects many new recruits for upcoming season

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Newly appointed manager Jorge Jesus told the media that he expects the club to add as much as nine or ten reinforcements for the upcoming season in his quest to win the Portuguese League and be competitive in Europe once again. Benfica have added Boavista keeper Helton Leite and right back Gabriel to the squad over the weekend and have also extended the contract of winger Diogo Goncalves until 2025 after an impressive season on loan at Famalicao. Benfica acquired winger Pedrinho during the winter transfer window and expects winger Cebolinha to join the club early this week, bringing the total of new faces to five. 
Jesus also stated that he is looking to shore up the back line which could see the squad add at least two more players into those defensive spots and is focused on the new arrivals being veterans. Jesus is also looking for a potential big striker up front and has his eyes set on Edinson Cavani with reports over the weekend from Italy saying that the deal is done but yet to be announced. Look for Jesus to also add a playmaker to his midfield as he looks to remake the current mold of the squad. The bad news for current club players is that many may have played their last game for the club and will depart either on loan or sold off completely before the start of next season.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Brazilians arriving in Lisbon to join Benfica

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The Brazilians are arriving with winter signing Pedrinho and Gilberto landing in Lisbon on Friday as the newest member and potentially member get set for discussions and physicals at Seixal. Winger Pedrinho who Benfica acquired during the winter transfer window from Corinthians made the trip to the Luz in which he had discussions with new manager Jorge Jesus while right back Gilberto arrived to finalize his move from Brazilian side Fluminense.

Gremio winger Cebolinha bid a farewell to his current club during a recent interview and is set to arrive in Lisbon next week with reports that Benfica and Gremio have reached an agreement for the Lisbon side to acquire 85% of the players rights with Gremio retaining the remaining 15%. Benfica are also set to begin discussions with Flamengo over the acquistion of secondary striker Bruno Henrique next week and have held talks with Fluminense about 19 year old striker Marcos Paulo.
Since Jesus' arrival Benfica have been linked with a host of Brazilian league players that also include Flamengo's Gerson and Santos' Lucas Verissimo on top of the current players above. Jorge Jesus is looking to remold the squad as he prepares to compete for the Portuguese crown and in European competitions next season and it is an exciting time to be a Benfica fan.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Portuguese Super Cup has date set

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The Portuguese Football Federation has released a date for next seasons Candindo Oliveira Super Cup between Benfica and FC Porto and the Cup game normally played to commence the new league year. The Federation has postponed the game until December 23 due to the current world COVID-19 pandemic that has caused havoc across leagues worldwide with scheduling. Benfica and FC Porto both agreed to postpon e the game for a later date initially and at this time no venue has been disclosed that will host the cup game.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Gilberto to become Jorge Jesus first acquisition

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Fluminense right back Gilberto is set to become Benfica's first acquisition under the new Jorge Jesus era with the 27 year old prepared to travel to Lisbon to complete his medicals this week. According to reports out of Portugal an agreement has been made between the two clubs for a reported €3M with only the players contract left to formalize. Gilberto officially became a member of Fluminense in January after the club purchased 50% of his playing rights after he spent the past two seasons on loan from Fiorentina who own the remaining 50%. The Brazilian right back has appeared in 60 games for Fluminense across all competitions, scoring four goals while setting up five. The acquisition of Gilberto would add another experienced right back to the fold with current starter Andre Almeida still at the club.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Jorge Jesus move is official as former manager signs with club

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Jorge Jesus' has finally been announced as the next Benfica manager and will take over the reigns of the club as he "Officially" makes his return to Benfica after five years away from the club signing a two year contract. Jesus was convinced to leave Brazilian side Flamengo by current club President Luis Filipe Vieira with the promise of the club opening their purse strings and bolstering the current squad to Jesus' liking. The next week should see the club decide on who is departing via transfer and who will be loaned for next season from the current crop of players. Benfica have been linked to a flurry of players since the reports of Jesus' return to the club and have been in negotiations with several clubs and players as they attempt to strengthen the squad. Jesus is hoping that former club captain Luisao joins his current staff as an assistant as he looks to close the gap quickly between himself and the squad. The next several weeks will surely be busy for the Lisbon club as they mold the sculpture for next season.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

A flurry of moves could follow end of league season

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With Benfica set to take on FC Porto in the Taca de Portugal final, it marks the end of the 2019/20 season and many are expecting a flurry of moves to be announced next week by the club with the first being the not so secret return of Jorge Jesus as the clubs manager. Jesus' return does not come without a price as Benfica get ready to splash money around for the first time in years acquiring some top talent as they look to recapture the Portuguese crown as well as make a mark in European football. Benfica have been linked to the likes of Edinson Cavani, Cebolinha, Bruno Henrique, Leonardo Cabrera and Gerson to name a few. Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has promised Jesus that he will have a say on who stays and who goes within the current club while adding from abroad the players that the manager seeks to strengthen the squad. Expect Benfica to announce between three to five player signings in the next ten days with a couple of those signings sending shock waves across Portugal and Europe. Benfica has also opened dialogue with many Brazilian clubs as Jesus looks to bring over some of Campeonato's better players. The summer transfer season will have the attention of many Benfica fans as they await eagerly for the good news and some relevance once again in Europe.