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.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Benfica will launch next seasons jerseys in Taca Final

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Benfica are set for their season ending encounter against FC Porto later today in the Taca de Portugal Final, as they hope to end the season on a high note after letting the league title slip away to their arch rivals. This game is also special because Benfica have decided they will unveil next seasons jerseys in this final game for all to see instead of waiting until the start of next year.

Benfica fans have lined up the streets of Coimbra chanting Benfica songs as they let their club know they are all behind them. The Taca game will also mark the last game by intern manager Nelson Verissimo as he gets ready to hand the reigns to incoming manager Jorge Jesus.