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.

Another name that has been thrown around is Jorge Jesus' former Flamengo player Bruno Henrique but due to the Brazilian sides outrageous demands for the 29 year old it has prevented the two clubs from having serious talks about any move of last seasons league MVP. Sevilla's Carlos Fernandez's name has also been linked with a move to the club but he looks like more of fall back position if the club strikes out on their preferred targets.

The latest name popping up in papers is now Luis Suarez, no not Barcelona's Luis Suarez but Watford's Luis Suarez who spent last season on loan with second division side Real Zaragoza where he netted 19 goals in 38 appearances across all competitions. The final though of all these links is this, the club has just over two weeks before it's crucial Champions League qualifier game against PAOK and Jorge Jesus requires a striker. The club needs to make sure he arrives this week with an abundance of cash awaiting in the group stage of the tournament on the line.

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