Sunday, June 20, 2021

Ajax and PSV latest clubs linked with Benfica's Chiquinho

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Benfica midfielder Chiquinho has been linked with a variety of clubs across Europe with Dutch sides Ajax and PSV adding their names to a long list. The 25 year old has already been linked with Italian side Torino, Turkish club, Galatasaray and Russian sides, Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Krasnodar, with the former headed now by former Benfica manager Rui Vitoria.

Chiquinho joined Benfica in the summer of 2019 from Moreirense for €5.25M and has appeared in 65 games across all competitions, but is not in the plans of manager Jorge Jesus for the upcoming season. Chiquinho who appeared in 27 games for Benfica last season scored four goals while setting up another but only started in seven of those appearances. Chiquinho won a Super Cup as a member of the club in 2019 were he scored his first goal after coming on as a substitute.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Benfica could open 2021/22 with new left backs

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Benfica left backs Alex Grimaldo and Nuno Tavares have both been linked with moves away from the Estadio da Luz this summer which could see Benfica commence the 2021/22 season with a completely new look on the left side of the field. Grimaldo has been recently linked with a move to Barcelona, while Tavares has been linked with Italian clubs Napoli and Lazio. The move of both players could bring in €40M-€50M to the club.

Benfica have been heavily linked with Wolverhampton's Ruben Vinagre over the past few months after he spent the second half of last season at Famalicao were he had an impressive campaign. Benfica have most recently been linked with Sevilla left back Guilherme Arana who also just spent a season on loan in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro. Benfica are looking to improve their squad from their terrible 2020/21 season and all options are on the table to reach this goal.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Fenerbahce interested in Antwerp right back

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Turkish side Fenerbahce have been linked with a move for Royal Antwerp right back Aurelio Buta who's sale would profit Benfica as the cluv still owns 50% of the players rights after allowing the 24 year old to depart the club for Belgium in the summer of 2018. Antwerp are said to be looking for a minimum of €3.5M to allow the move of their starting right back.

Buta appeared in 34 games for Antwerp across all competitions last season, failing to score a goal but he did set up five goals. In his career with Antwerp, Buta has appeared in 107 games across all competitions with the Belgian side, scoring twice while setting up another 18 goals. Buta spent his youth career at Benfica's famous Seixal academy but never made an appearance with the main club before his departure. 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Benfica looking at return of former player

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Benfica continue their off season search to find players that fit the mold of manager Jorge Jesus and their latest inquiry has led them to a former academy player in Santa Clara's central defender Fabio Cardoso. The 27 year old played his youth football at Benfica's famous Seixal academy before departing in January 2016 for a loan spell at Pacos Ferreira. Cardoso would then make a permanent move to Setubal during the summer of 2016 before departing Portugal to spend a season with Scotland's Rangers prior to joining his current club in the summer of 2018.

Cardoso appeared in 32 games across all competitions last season, scoring three goals while setting up another, he has been a constant presence in his three seasons with the Azorian club appearing in 97 games across all competitions. Santa Clara are said to be open to move their captain for around €3M-€4M, a price tag that can be easily negotiated with Benfica. Jorge Jesus is looking to play with three center backs in his starting eleven on a regular basis next season and is interested in adding Cardoso to add to his depth options at the back line.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Benfica captain says good bye to club

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Benfica captain Jardel has recently stated to Brazilian journalist Cristian Delo Santos @cdelosantos on his blog that his time at Benfica has come to an end after eleven seasons once his contract expires at the end of this month. Jardel hopes to continue his career in Europe but is uncertain at this time where that might be and with who. The 35 year old joined Benfica from Desportivo Brasil in the winter of 2011 for €4.48M after spending time on loan with Portuguese clubs Estoril and Olhanense.

Jardel appeared in 285 games for Benfica across all competitions, scoring 16 goals and adding 17 assists in a Benfica career that saw the veteran center back spend a good amount of time on the injury list the past three seasons. Jardel won five Portuguese League Championships during his Benfica tenure and also added five League Cups, three Super Cups and two Portuguese Cups for a total of 15 titles. Jardel was named the clubs captain in September 2018 after the retirement of country man Luisao. 

Jardel Benfica Highlights:

- Joined club from Deportivo Brasil on January 2011
- Appeared in first game on February 11, 2011 against Guimaraes
- Scored first goal on April 28, 2011 against Braga in Europa League
- Won first Portuguese League title during the 2013/14 season
- Scored first league goal on January 4, 2015 against Penafiel
- Named club captain in September 2018
- Won first League title as captain during the 2018/19 season
 

Thank you Jardel for your time at the club and wishing you the best wherever your career takes you next.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Simao Sabrosa joins Benfica ranks

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Former Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa has been announced as the clubs new director of international relations a position that he took with the club at the start of this month. The 41 year old will be tasked with expanding the Benfica brand across the globe a position previously held by another former player in Nuno Gomes. Simao will represent Benfica at draws for European competitions as well as travel to the clubs schools across the globe. Simao spent six seasons with Benfica were he won three trophies, including a league championship, he was named the Portuguese League player of the year for the 2006/07 season.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Benfica continue to analyze market for reinforcements

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As the off season continues Benfica are looking around for reinforcements to the squad as they look to improve from last seasons debacle. The latest player linked to the club is Colombian winger Duvan Vergara who applies his trade in his homeland with CD America de Cali. Benfica is currently preparing for the departure of various players during the summer transfer window and are counting on their acquisitions to produce more for the club for this upcoming season so need to get it right.

Vergara has appeared in 64 games across all competitions since his loan spell from the summer of 2019 and scored 16 goals, while setting up an additional ten. Vergara's loan from CA Rosario was made permanent at the start of the 2020 year and CD America de Cali are said to be asking for €8M to let go of the 24 year old. Portuguese rivals Sporting have also been linked with the services of Vergara and have made him a target for the summer months as both Lisbon clubs try to seal a move for the player.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Benfica's midfield search takes them to Italy once more

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Benfica continue their search to upgrade their midfield and have been linked once more with Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas according to website Tuttomercatoweb. Benfica were previously linked with the 21 year old Macedonian international who has been at Napoli since the summer of 2019 after making move from Fenerbahce for €16.1M. Any move for the attacking midfielder will not come cheap but Napoli and Benfica have had talks in the past about Benfica left back Alex Grimaldo who may be on the move this summer and Benfica may ask that Elmas be included in the package for the Spaniard. Elmas has appeared in 80 games across all competitions for Napoli, scoring four goals while setting up two.


Saturday, June 5, 2021

Benfica linked to Bordeaux midfielder Basic

Benfica continue their search to improve their midfield and the club is now linked with Bordeaux midfielder Toma Basic. According to reports in Portugal, Bordeaux are in a financial crisis and open to the sale of the clubs players at discounted prices to balance their books. The 24 year old Croatian has spent the past three seasons with the French side after joining in the summer of 2018 from Hajduk Split and has appeared in 79 games across all competitions, scoring nine goals while setting up another four goals. Benfica are hoping to land the player for under €10M.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Benfica linked to Hoffenheim attacking midfielder

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Hoffenheim midfielder Mijat Gacinovic is being singled out as a possible reinforcement for Benfica next season with the club said to have already made an offer to land the attacking midfielder but are slightly short of the German clubs €6M price tag according to TUTTOmercatoWEB. The two clubs continue in discussions as they look to reach an agreement for the Serbian International.

The 26 year old joined Hoffenheim in the summer of 2020 for €3M after spending five seasons at Eintracht Frankfurt and appeared in 32 games across all competitions, scoring once while setting up another three goals. Benfica who are looking to overhaul their midfield this summer have also been linked with Al Musrati (Braga), Manuel Ugarte (Famalicao), William Carvalho (Real Betis) and Gerson (Flamengo) while Florentino Luis and Gedson Fernandes could also be options as they return from loan spells.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Benfica look at bringing Seixal product home

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Benfica have been linked to former Seixal academy player Rony Lopes according to reports coming out of Portugal. Lopes who is currently the property of Spanish club Sevilla, spent the 2020/21 season on loan with French side Nice were he appeared in 33 games across all competitions, scoring five goals while setting up two.

Lopes last played in Portugal with Benfica's under 17 squad in 2012 before being sold to Manchester City for a bargain price of €1M. The 25 year old winger has also spent time with Lille and Monaco since his departure. Sevilla are said to be looking at between €7.5M to €10M to make the move happen but could also be open to discussing a season long loan with an option to buy.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Benfica looking to double up on Pedrinho

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Benfica are in extended talks with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk about Brazilian winger Pedrinho and a deal between the two clubs could be announced as early as this week. According to the IG Sports webpage the deal could be in the range of €35M to €45M when all is said and done and would end Pedrinho's short stay at the club after arriving in the summer of 2020 from Corinthians.

Benfica acquired the 23 year old for €16M and his sale to Shakhtar will see the club to double their money on a player who was mostly used as a substitute at the club this season. Pedrinho appeared in 31 games across all competitions, playing 1,019 minutes and scoring once while setting up another two goals. Benfica are looking at a total over haul of the club this summer as they look to right the ship after a disappointing 2020/21 campagin.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Benfica set for whole new midfield in 2021/22

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Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has asked club President Luis Filipe Vieira for a new midfield after guiding the club to a third place finish in the Portuguese League during the 2020/21 season. Benfica could see a total overhaul from it's current midfield which would see the likes of Pizzi, Gabriel, Julian Weigl, Chiquinho, Taarabt and Franco Cervi all depart the club this summer with Weigl the likely only one of the bunch to provide the club with a windfall after a terrific season.

Benfica has been looking within the league to shore up its current squad and has already been linked in the midfield with Braga's Al Musrati, Famalicao's Manual Ugarte and Farense's Ryan Gauld. Benfica will also get back midfielders Florentino Luis and Gedson Fernandes from loan spells abroad. Jorge Jesus is hoping to fix what was a sore spot this season for the club as they look to right the ship and get back to their winning ways, the club will have a short break before returning to training as they hope to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Benfica want former Sporting midfielder Gauld

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Benfica continue to be linked with summer moves for Portuguese League players a change in tactics for the club with the latest player being Farense midfielder Ryan Gauld. The 25 year old was the only bright spot on a Farense side that was relegated to the second division and will become a free agent in the summer if Farense does not activate option for another year, with a host of suitors lining up for his services.

Gauld appeared in 34 games across all competitions for Farense and scored nine goals while setting up another seven. Gauld arrived in Portugal with Sporting as an 18 year old from Scotland's Dundee United and was hailed as the Scottish Messi but never really got a chance at the Lisbon side, appearing in only two league games and five in total over his five seasons at the club.

Gauld joined Farense in the summer of 2019 and was a key player in the clubs promotion to Portugal's top flight, his performances have not only caught the eye of Benfica but Gauld has also been linked with Premiership side Southampton and Polish club Legia Warsaw. Benfica manager Jorge Jesus is looking to add a creative midfielder to the squad during the summer and Ryan Gauld's skill set has the manager very interested in his services.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Galatasaray hoping for new Gedson loan

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Turkish side Galatasaray are hoping to extend Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes loan spell for another season after the 22 year old joined in February 2021 after a 18 month loan spell with English club Tottenham was cut short. Gedson has appeared in 18 games across all competitions since joining Galatasaray, scoring once while chipping in three assists.

Galatasaray are said to be willing to pay Benfica €1M for a season long of Gedson according to publication Fanatik and are hoping that the relationship between current manager Fatih Terim and Vice President Rui Costa will be able to seal the move. Terim and Costa trained together when both were players of AC Milan and Fiorentina.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Benfica ready to go after Santa Clara forward

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The season is not even three days done and rumours coming out of Portugal seem to be every hour on the hour, the latest linking Benfica with Santa Clara winger Carlos Junior. Benfica seem keen to shore up their club this off season within the league after spending a record last season abroad on acquisitions with little to show for it. Carlos Junior has had a fantastic season with the Azorian club, helping them secure a place in the newly created UEFA Europa Conference League after finishing sixth in Portugal. The 25 year old winger scored 16 goals across all competitions while setting up an additional four goals in 36 appearances.

Carlos joined Santa Clara during the 2019/20 season from Portuguese side Louletano on loan before a permanent move was arranged this past summer between the clubs. Carlos arrived in Portugal in the winter of 2019 at Rio Ave but was let go just six months later, a move the Vila da Conde club is surely regrets. Benfica have also been linked in recent weeks up front with Portimonense striker Beto and have already acquired Maritimo striker Rodrigo Pinho on a free transfer. No details of what it would cost Benfica to acquire the 25 year old but it could be in the €5M to €7.5M range if no players move the other way from Benfica to Santa Clara permanently or on a loan spell.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Benfica ready for Taca de Portugal Final

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Benfica go into Sunday's season ending game against Braga looking to hoist their 30th Taca de Portugal title and first trophy win since the 2019 Super Cup as they look to salvage something in what amounted to a disappointing season for the Lisbon giants.

Benfica and Braga will meet for the first time ever in a Taca de Portugal final and go into the game on different runs. Benfica finished the season unbeaten in seven games and have suffered just one defeat in their last fifteen. While Braga have won only three of their last ten games.

Benfica will be without central defender Verissimo who suffered an injury in the final season game but are otherwise relatively healthy going into the game. Benfica defeated Paredes, Vilafranquense, Amadora, Belenenses and Estoril in their run to the final Sunday.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Benfica's Seferovic just misses winning golden boot again

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Benfica's Seferovic did all he could to try and capture his second golden boot in league play in an exciting final day of football in Portugal. Seferovic entered the final game of the season tied with Sporting's Pote at 20 goals a piece when they day commenced. Benfica would play before Sporting and defeated Guimaraes 3-1, a game in which Seferovic scored a brace to take over the lead in the golden boot race and finish with 22 goals.

Sporting would then play in the final game of the season against Maritimo, a game they handily won 5-1 but unfortunately for Seferovic, Sporting midfielder Pote would score a hat trick in this game and surpass Seferovic by one goal capturing the golden boot. The Swiss International had a terrific second half of the season scoring 16 of his 22 goals after the midway point as he earned regular playing minutes.

The 29 year old appeared in 31 league games and played a total of 2,265 minutes, he also chipped in seven assists to go along with his 22 goals. Sporting's Pote also appeared in 31 games but played 2,645 minutes which is a full four games more then Seferovic. Pote chipped in four assists to go with his league leading 23 goals. Seferovic won the golden boot during the 2018/19 season when he scored 23 goals playing along side Joao Felix before his move to Atletico Madrid in the summer.

Benfica would be wise to cash in on Seferovic during the summer transfer window as his value has never been higher. The club already has Darwin Nunez, Luca Waldschmidt, the possible return of 2019/20 golden boot winner Carlos Vinicius and recent signing Rodrigo Pinho in a crowded striker position. This group may also include youngster Goncalo Ramos especially if Jorge Jesus is sent packing during the summer months.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Benfica looking at return of David Luiz

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Benfica are being linked once again with former defender David Luiz who will become a free agent in the summer after his contract with Arsenal expires. Luiz was linked with a return to Benfica last summer but re-signed for another year with the London based club. The 34 year old was with Benfica last, in the winter of the 2010/11 before being sold to Chelsea for €25M.

Luiz spent three and half seasons with Chelsea before moving to PSG for two seasons and then returning to Chelsea for three more years before settling with Arsenal in the summer of 2019. Benfica is rumoured to have offered Luiz a salary of €33,000 a week to join the club which would be a major pay cut from his current €100,000 a week he currently earns.

A move to a crowded Benfica back end is not the best resources of funds that the team could spend considering the club needs to shore up it's midfield for next season. Luiz appeared in 130 games across all competitions while at Benfica were he scored six goals while setting up nine. The ball would be in Luiz's court if he would be open to take a massive pay cut to join a club he still loves.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Benfica discuss Cruzeiro left back Pereira

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Benfica have had discussions with agent Fernando Britto who represents left back Matheus Pereira of Cruzeiro on the agents recent visit to Portugal. The 20 year old Pereira was promoted to Cruzeiro's main squad in August and has recently signed a contract with the Brazilian club until the summer of 2023 but that has not stopped Britto from shopping his player's services to other clubs. FC Porto have also been in talks Britto during his current visit but neither club has made any formal proposal to Cruzeiro for Pereira. Benfica have already been linked with Wolves left back Ruben Vinagre which leads many to believe that current starting left back Alex Grimaldo could potentially be on the move this summer.

 


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Diogo Goncalves has earned the right to be starter

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Diogo Goncalves has taken a long path to get to were he is today, after spending the majority of his youth at Benfica's Seixal academy. Goncalves went through an unsuccessful loan spell with English side Nottingham Forest and then a terrific season last year on loan at Famalicao before remaining with the club this season. If Jorge Jesus got one thing right since his return back to the club, it was giving Goncalves time to learn to play right back a new position for Goncalves who was accustomed to playing on the right wing.

After the season ending injury to starting right back Andre Almeida in just the fourth game of the season, the right back position fell to summer arrival Gilberto. The 28 year old Brazilian kept the spot warm until Goncalves was unleashed in February and his fine form has earned him a regular place among the starting XI. Goncalves should remain in that position after the return of regular starter Andre Almeida as he has looked good in Jesus' 4-4-2 formation along with his 3-5-2 formation which sees Goncalves play higher up the field.

Since becoming the clubs regular starting right back, Goncalves has appeared in 15 games and scored twice while setting up another five goals across all competitions. His set piece goal against Arsenal in the Europa League round of 32 was magnificent and a statement that he had finally arrived and the clubs search for an every day right back was over. Goncalves was recently awarded as Benfica's break through player of the year which should only cement his place with the squad next season.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Benfica may get alternate route to Champions League

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With Benfica looking likely to finish the season in third spot in Portugal, their route to the Champions League group stage will need to go through the league path. Which would involve advancing past two rounds to get to the group stage but this could all change if Manchester United defeat Villarreal in the Europa League final set to take place on May 26, 2021.

Since Manchester United have already qualified for the Champions League group stage a win in the Europa League would open up a spot in the Champions League group stage that normally goes to the Europa League winner. That spot would go to the club that finishes in third place in France and the third place team in Portugal would then move into the playoff round instead of starting in the third qualifying round.

In simple terms a Man United victory in the Europa League final would see Benfica only need to win one round instead of two rounds to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League. This alternate route would make Benfica's goal of joining Sporting and FC Porto in the group stage that much easier, giving Portugal three clubs in the competition for the first time since the 2017-18 season.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Celta Vigo make offer to Benfica for Franco Cervi

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Spanish club Celta Vigo have maintained their interest in Benfica midfielder Franco Cervi after almost landing the player during the January transfer window. Club President Carlos Mourino is said to have Cervi on his transfer list once the transfer window opens in the summer. The 26 year old Argentinian has been used sparingly this season playing only 803 minutes and is open to a move away from Portugal if it means more playing time.

Cervi joined Benfica in the summer of 2016 from Rosario for €5.65M and has appeared in 171 games for Benfica across all competitions, scoring 21 goals while setting up an additional 26. Cervi has won five cups in his time at Benfica which include two league titles. Celta are said to have offered Benfica €4M for Cervi's services a figure that is well below what the club is looking for and negotiations are on going.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Benfica's failure to win Classico could cost them millions

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Benfica once again failed to do what they have been unable to do the whole season under Jorge Jesus, WIN a big game. Benfica played FC Porto to a 1-1 draw on home field in the O Classico after taking a first half lead on a goal by Everton who's form has hit an all time high in the last quarter of the season and I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the table next season if he has finally adapted to the style of play in Portugal.

Benfica would fail to hold onto the lead as FC Porto equalized in the second half and a late winner by Pizzi in additional time was called back when Darwin Nunez was called on the offside by mere centimeters in the build up to the play. Benfica would actually see three VAR reviews go against them in this game with the earlier reviews negating potential penalty shots.

Benfica remain four points behind FC Porto for second spot with three games remaining and their hope of an automatic berth in the Champions League group stage now hangs by a thread. All is not lost for Benfica but finishing third will see the club need to get past the more difficult playoff route in which they will need to win two rounds to earn their place in next seasons UEFA show piece and the millions of dollars that comes with an appearance.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

O Classico Preview - Benfica vs FC Porto

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Benfica get set to host rivals FC Porto on Thursday in the O Classico, a game with many ramifications for both clubs as they battle for a place in the Champions League next season. Benfica's cross town rivals Sporting will be watching the game and cheering on their city rivals as a loss could end any little title hopes that FC Porto have on the season and give Sporting their first league title in almost 20 years.

Benfica currently trail FC Porto by four points for second place and a guaranteed place in the Champions League group stage which would garner the club a windfall of €40M, in what amounts to a must win game for the Lisbon side as a loss would almost guarantee that Benfica will need to go through the two rounds of the qualifying to earn their place along side their Portuguese rivals in the group stage.


 

Benfica probable starting lineup:

Helton Leite, Diogo Goncalves, Lucas Verissimo, Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen, Alex Grimaldo, Pizzi, Julien Weigl, Rafa Silva, Everton, Haris Seferovic

FC Porto probable starting lineup:

Marcheshin, Wilson Manafa, Pepe, Mbemba, Sanusi, Sergio Oliveira, Grujic, Otavio, Luis Diaz, Marega, Taremi


 

Benfica Player to watch:

Diogo Goncalves - The 24 year old has come into his own the second half of the season and claimed the starting spot as right back and his attacking flair will cause problems for FC Porto's back four.

FC Porto Player to watch:

Otavio - The attacking midfielder will try to take advantage of Benfica's three center back formation and find holes for his attacking counter parts. 

 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Benfica linked once again to Boca Juniors winger

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According to reports coming from Argentinian TV channel TNT Sports, Benfica are currently in the process of preparing an offer for Boca Juniors winger Sebastian Villa. Benfica have been previously linked with the 24 year old Colombian during this past summer transfer window but no deal materialized between the two clubs. Villa is currently signed with Boca until the end of 2024 and has a reported €33.5M buy out clause.

Villa has been a member of the Argentinian club since the summer of 2018 and has appeared in 89 games across all competitions, scoring 14 goals while adding 14 helpers. The price tag for Villa is quite high and with Benfica looking to bolster their midfield this summer, this move does not make the most financial sense unless the club is able to get a significant discount from the Buenos Airos club.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Benfica make offer for Portimonense striker Beto

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Benfica have made their first approach for Portimonense striker Beto with an €8M offer to purchase the 23 year old. Benfica made the offer to the Algarve club after their recent outing in Week 28 were Beto opened the scoring for Portimonense his 11th league goal of the season. Portimonense are said to be open to only selling 70% of the players rights but are looking for more then the €8M offer and with other clubs like German side Wolfsburg and Portuguese clubs Sporting and FC Porto linked to the player it could drive the price for the Lisbon born striker further.

Beto spent the majority of his youth career with Uniao Recreativa e Desportiva de Tires in Lisbon but did spend a season with Benfica back in 2011. Beto would move to Montijo were he caught the eye of Portimonense after scoring 21 goals in 36 contests. Beto would join Portimonense in the summer of 2019 and spent the majority of the 2019/20 season with Portimonense's Under 23 side were he would finish third in league scoring. Beto is signed with Portimonense until the summer of 2023 so Benfica will need to increase their initial bid if they hope to land the upcoming star.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Benfica linked with Bahia midfielder

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According to reports coming from Brazil, Benfica are being linked with a summer move for 21 year old midfielder Patrick de Lucca who applies his trade with Brazilian side Bahia since arriving from Palmeiras' under 20 squad in the summer of 2020. De Lucca has an €8M price tag and any sale of the player would see funds split between three clubs, Bahia 50%, Palmeiras 30% and Portuguesa 20%.

De Lucca has appeared in 16 games for Bahia across all competitions and has scored twice while setting up another. Benfica who will be looking to shore up its midfield during the summer transfer window would do well in acquiring the talented youngster as the clubs midfield has been its achilles heal this season relying strictly on Adel Taarabt's skill to provide any attacking options. Bahia currently has defender German Conti on loan from Benfica and the club could use Conti to lower the price tag further.

 

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Benfica's final push for Champions League spot

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Benfica enter the final five league games sitting in third spot and hoping to land a coveted place in next seasons Champions League group stage by finishing in the top two places in Portugal which would guarantee the club millions. Benfica are currently four points behind second place FC Porto and ten points behind league leaders Sporting and will need a little help while maintaining a perfect run in their final games.

Benfica have the most difficult five games compared to Sporting and FC Porto, a final five that includes three games against clubs in the top six. This includes games against both clubs in front of them at home and a road game against Guimaraes. Benfica's other two games which are both on the road will take place against Tondela and Nacional. 

All is not lost if Benfica do not finish in the top two but their road to the Champions League becomes all that more difficult having to pass two rounds before earning their place all the while keeping an eye on fourth place Braga who still sit within shooting distance of third place just five points back.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Rafa Silva opened to departing club in summer

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According to reports coming out of Portugal, Benfica winger Rafa Silva could be set to depart the Lisbon club during the summer transfer window and a move abroad is in his sights. The 27 year old is having a very good season with the club and Benfica are looking to finally cash in on a player they acquired in the summer of 2016 from Braga for a then record €16M fee. English clubs Everton and Newcastle have been linked with Rafa in the past and Benfica is said to be looking at a sale price of €50M for the Portuguese international.

Rafa has spent his entire career in Portugal to date and is said to be very interested in playing in England before his career comes to an end. Rafa has appeared in 177 career games for Benfica across all competitions, scoring 46 goals while adding 31 helpers. Rafa has won two Portuguese League titles, along with a Taca de Portugal and Super Cup during his Benfica career and was a member of the Portugal national team during the nations two cup triumphs, Euro 2016 and the Nations League in 2019.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Benfica closing in on Gil Vicente midfielder

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Benfica could be set to commence negotiations with Fernando Brito who is the player agent for Gil Vicente midfielder Lucas Mineiro who is currently on loan with the Portuguese club from Brazilian side Chapecoense. Mineiro's agent is set to travel to Portugal to discuss options with his player and to meet with Gil Vicente management as the two sides get set to discuss the players future. The 25 year old defensive midfielder's loan is set to expire at the end of June and reports from Portugal have Benfica ready to make a move for Mineiro. Brito has told Portuguese television station TVI that he does not plan to meet with Benfica brass during his visit but that has not stopped the rumours that this could be the start of negotiations between the two sides. Mineiro has appeared in 31 games for Gil Vicente across all competitions and has chipped in two goals while setting up another.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Benfica looking at Valenciennes center back

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Benfica are interested in Valenciennes 17 year old center back Ismael Doukoure who is seen as one of the more promising players in French football. The list of potential suitors is at an all time high and some of the potential clubs that will battle Benfica for the youngsters signature are the likes of Inter Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona and Lyon who are all keeping tabs on Doukoure. Valenciennes is said to be looking for around €6M to €8M to let Doukoure go as the center back has a valid contract with the Ligue 2 side until the summer of 2023. Doukoure has appeared in 18 games across all competitions for Valenciennes this season.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Benfica slim title hopes are over with loss to Gil Vicente

With their 2-1 loss today at home to Gil Vicente, we can say that the clubs slim chances to capturing the league title are all but done and this rests heavily on the shoulders of the clubs current manager Jorge Jesus. What many Benfica fans saw as the clubs saviour, (I did not) has led the club to one of their more disappointing seasons in some time, this after spending a record €115.50M in player acquisitions over the summer transfer window.

Benfica's season should be considered a disaster after spending those sums of money to bring in the managers preferred players only to see a run of poor results. Those results have Benfica in third spot in Portugal with their Champions League aspirations hanging in the balance. Benfica trails second placed FC Porto by three points and a guaranteed place in the group stage but are also three points ahead of fourth place Braga and could fall out of the Champions League altogether.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Dantas catches attention of German clubs

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Tiago Dantas got his first official start for Bayern Munich last weekend, a move that caught many by surprise with the 20 year old youngster having appeared in a total of just three minutes the whole season with the Bundesliga club. Dantas who was loaned to Bayern Munich until seasons end in October by Benfica has played a total of 69 minutes this season with Bayern and has spent most of his time with the second team.

Bayern has a buy option of just €7.5M if they decide to keep Dantas and have until the end of May to activate this clause, Benfica would be entitled to an additional 25% percent of any future sale by Bayern as part of the deal. The starting assignment for Dantas created a buzz in Germany and reports state the one current Bundesliga club and several second division sides are ready to move for Dantas if Bayern choose to not make the loan permanent.

 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Benfica's month of March earns rewards

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Benfica was a perfect 4-0-0 in the month of March, scoring nine goals, while keeping a clean sheet in all games. The month has not gone unnoticed with the league recognizing the clubs performance by awarding keeper Helton Leite the keeper of the month, Seferovic the forward of the month and Jorge Jesus as the manager of the month. Seferovic was also named the player of the month having scored six goals with one assist in the four games. Benfica has continued their fine defensive form into this month and have now not allowed a goal in their last six league games.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tottenham will not activate option to purchase Vinicius

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It is looking less and less likely that Tottenham will activate the €45M buy clause on their loan deal with Benfica to purchase striker Carlos Vinicius. With the current world pandemic going on and Tottenham looking set to miss out on the Champions League windfall, their focus shifts to sellers more so then buyers when the summer transfer window opens. Vinicius has scored ten goals across all competitions in 24 games played but has only scored once in Premiership action.

Vinicius played one season at Benfica after arriving from Napoli in the summer of 2019 and led the league in scoring with 18 goals, while setting up another eight. Vinicius would add another five goals across all other competitions for the club. With Benfica having plenty of options in the striker position, don't expect the 26 year old to remain with the Lisbon side next season as the club will look for suitors to take a long look at Vinicius and may even sell the striker for half the price of his current buy clause with Tottenham to recoup and make a little profit on the player.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Benfica still monitoring Rangers midfielder

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There are reports coming out of Scotland that Benfica still have some interest in Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara and are still monitoring the player as the season winds down. The 25 year old Finnish international joined Rangers in the winter of 2019 for a mere €55K from Dundee FC and will land the Scottish club a windfall when he departs the club for greener pastures.

Kamara spent a substantial amount of time during his youth years developing in England with Arsenal and Southend before moving north to Dundee FC in the summer of 2017 on a free transfer. Benfica got two good looks at Kamara's skill in the defensive midfielder role during their two game encounter in Europa League group play. 

Kamara does have two years left on his Rangers contract but with interest growing around Europe for his services, the Scottish side will be hard pressed to hang onto the player past this season. Kamara has appeared in 99 games across all competitions for Rangers, chipping in four goals while setting up five others. Rangers would be looking for a transfer fee of €10M - €15M to depart with the services of Kamara.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Benfica interested in Portimonense striker

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Benfica are being linked with another player in the Portuguese League, this time with Portimonense's 23 year old striker Beto. At a time were Benfica is evaluating players in the domestic league for next season, the Lisbon born Beto has caught not only the attention of Benfica but their cross town rivals Sporting. Beto made his first appearance with the Algarve side in August of 2019 but has been a regular member of the main squad this season after spending some time with the clubs under 23 side.

Beto is signed with Portimonense until the summer of 2023 and is said to have a buy out clause of €40M but Portimonense is open to selling 70% of the players rights for a mere €8M. Beto has appeared in 23 games across all competitions this season, scoring nine goals while setting up two and is eligible to play for both Portugal and Guinea-Bissau internationally. Benfica are being linked to more and more players domestically as the look to save on player transfers during the summer transfer season.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Benfica's Grimaldo linked to Atletico Madrid

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Benfica left back Alex Grimaldo could join a long list of players that have moved between Benfica and Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window according to reports coming from Spain. Atletico's manager Diego Simeone is said to be unsatisfied with the clubs current starting left back Renan Lodi and is ready to add an alternative during the summer months with Grimaldo at the top of his wish list.

The 25 year old Grimaldo has a contract with Benfica until the summer of 2023 which includes a €60M buy out clause but Benfica may already be looking at moving on from the Spaniard after the season with links to Wolverhampton's Ruben Vinagre dominating the news over the past few weeks. Grimaldo joined Benfica to start the year in 2016 from Barcelona B and has appeared in 191 games across all competitions for the club, scoring thirteen goals while setting up an additional thirty-seven.

Over the years Benfica and Atletico have completed various player transactions between one another. These transactions have seen Joao Felix (2019), Nico Gaitan (2016), Simao Sabrosa (2007) and Jan Oblak (2014) join the Madrid club, while heading over to Lisbon from the Spanish side has been Pizzi (2013), Salvio (2010), Roberto (2010), Jose Antonio Reyes (2008) and Raul Jimenez (2015).

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Benfica using Gestifute to land Famalicao pair

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Benfica have taken the first steps in their pursuit of Famalicao pair, Ruben Vinagre and Manuel Ugarte. The 21 year old left back and 19 year old defensive midfielder have been targeted by the club for moves to Lisbon this summer, although Vinagre is currently on loan from Wolverhampton and does not belong to Famalicao. Benfica have called in the help of super agent Jorge Mendes and his Gestifute agency to facilitate the move as well as assist on the movement of players away from the club. Benfica have also been linked with current Famalicao keeper Luiz Junior and are open to taking all three players to Lisbon when the summer transfer window opens.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Benfica ready to take a run at another big name striker

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Benfica look ready to try their luck one more time on a marquee striker after failing in their pursuits of Edinson Cavani and Diego Costa over the past year and have set their eyes on upcoming free agent Sergio Aguero. The long time Manchester City striker is free to sign with any club in the summer and Benfica are throwing their name in the hat as they look to land the Argentinian international. Benfica will be hard pressed to obtain Aguero's signature with the likes of Barcelona and PSG to compete with for the strikers services.

Aguero has spent the past ten seasons with Man City since arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 and has appeared in 384 games across all competitions, scoring 257 goals while setting up an additional 73. Aguero gets set to depart City as the clubs all time leading goal scorer and currently sits second in titles won with the club at 12. The 32 year old has also been capped 97 times by Argentina, chipping in 41 goals for third on the nations all time list. The landing of Aguero would be a major coup for Benfica not only on the field but off it as the veteran could lend a hand in the development of young strikers Darwin Nunez and Luca Waldschmidt. Benfica are reported to have offered a three year contract to Aguero.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Benfica looking at Gil Vicente midfielder

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Benfica are being linked with Gil Vicente defensive midfielder Lucas Mineiro according to reports coming from Portugal who is currently on loan with the Barcelos club from Brazilian side Chapecoense. Gil Vicente has an option to purchase the 25 year old and will activate the clause by seasons end with the intention to sell the player for a profit. Benfica rivals Braga are also said to be interested in Mineiro who joined Gil Vicente in September and has appeared in 28 games across all competitions, scoring twice while adding one helper. Benfica who are not interested in spending the kind of money they did last summer on player acquisitions feels that Mineiro can be had at an affordable price and is a player that is already accustomed to the style of play within the league.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Benfica ready to negotiate Krovinovic with Nottingham

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Benfica are ready to negotiate the sale of Croatian midfielder Filip Krovinovic with Nottingham Forest and are said to be open to lowering the €10M price tag that they have put on the acquisition of the 25 year old. Krovinovic opened the season with West Brom but after the departure of manager Slavan Bilic, he saw his playing time reduced. Benfica ended the loan spell and moved Krovinovic to Nottingham in January were the player has appeared regularly for the Reds. Krovinovic joined Benfica in the summer of 2017 from Rio Ave for €3.5M and appeared in 28 games for the club, scoring twice while setting up another across all competitions. Krovinovic last appeared for Benfica in March 2019 and has spent the past two seasons on loan between West Brom and Nottingham Forest.


Friday, March 26, 2021

Benfica being linked with Wolves left back

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According to reports coming out of Portugal, Benfica have been watching Wolverhampton left back Ruben Vinagre who is currently on loan with Famalicao until seasons end and have liked what they have seen from the 21 year old Portuguese youngster. Vinagre has started twelve straight games at Famalicao since joining the club in January and Benfica could be looking at Vinagre as the potential replacement for Alex Grimaldo who's time at the club may be coming to an end while the Lisbon side is able to cash in on the Spaniard.

Vinagre joined Wolverhampton on a permanent basis in the summer of 2018 from Monaco for €2.25M and has a contract until the summer of 2024. Benfica have not had any formal talks with Wolverhampton about Vinagre but are currently scouting the player at Famalicao along with two other Famalicao players, defensive midfielder Manuel Ugarte and keeper Luiz Junior. Vinagre could be had for a reasonable price if the two clubs are able to come to an agreement over the summer.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Benfica badge selected as one of the best in the world

Benfica badge selected as one of the best in the world
Football magazine Four Four Two has selected Benfica's emblem as the 15th greatest ever badge in the world in their recently released article of the Top 100 Greatest Football Badges. Benfica's current badge has been in use since 2000 and Four Four Two had this to say about the clubs badge;

"Such is the ostentatious golden eagle in the background of Benfica’s crest that for years, no one has noticed the sodding bicycle wheel behind the crest. Well, did you see it?

The cursed Lisbonites have sported this badge since 2000, though the combination of all these parts goes back as far as 1906. What’s unusual is that blue, green and white heavily feature in the design - colours of Porto and Sporting, Benfica’s biggest rivals. Somehow despite the weird bike wheel, it doesn’t feel anything other than stately and majestic."

FC Porto also made Four Four Two's list selected as the 74th best badge ever.