Thursday, June 23, 2022

Benfica set to open camp on the weekend

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Benfica are ready to get their preparations for the 2022/23 season under way this upcoming weekend as the technical team arrives tomorrow while players will start to arrive on the weekend for their medicals and physical tests. Benfica will train for about two weeks before kicking off their pre-season with a game against Reading on July 9.

Benfica will then have additional friendlies against Nice (July 15), Fulham (July 17), Athletic Bilbao (July 22) and Newcastle (July 26). Benfica's third qualifying round opponent in the Champions League will be known when UEFA complete their draw on July 18, dates of the two leg encounter will be released at the time of the draw.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Benfica to continue moving out players

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Benfica continue their overhaul of their club as they prepare for the 2022/23 season under new manager Roger Schmidt and yesterday saw the arrival of David Neres from Shakhtar Donetsk and the departure of Everton to Flamengo. The club is far from done with their moves and the next few weeks are critical and should see more arrivals and departures for a club that has failed to win a trophy over their past two seasons.

Benfica players, Julian Weigl, Goncalo Ramos, Alex Grimaldo, Vlachodimos, Haris Seferovic, Adel Taarabt and Rafa Silva's names have all come up in recent weeks with moves away from the club if the price is right. Benfica are also not done their own shopping and continue on the lookout to add a few key pieces to the roster with the names Ricardo Horta, Enzo Fernandez and Ugurcan Cakir linked to the club.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Benfica back in again for Trabzonspor keeper

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Benfica are once again linked with Trabzonspor and Turkish national team starter Ugurcan Cakir as the club continues their search for a new keeper for the upcoming season. Benfica first looked at a potential deal for the 26 year old a couple of seasons ago but did not move forward with a move at that time but with new manager Roger Schmidt looking to shake things up at the club, expect Benfica to have a new number one when the season is underway.

Trabzonspor are said to want €15M to move on from Cakir and Benfica are not the only club interested in Cakir with French clubs Marseille and Monaco also said to be in the mix for his services. Cakir has appeared in 159 games across all competitions for Trabzonspor in his time at the club and has kept 34 clean sheets. Cakir was in net earlier this year for Turkey when they faced Portugal in a playoff for a place at Qatar 2022.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Benfica has earned €450M in the past four seasons

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Benfica continue to cash in on their top players and with the latest sale of striker Darwin Nunez earlier this week, the club can claim to have now earned €450M from the departures over the past four seasons. With the summer window still open we can expect the club to top the €500M mark with the movement of a few other pieces from last seasons team.

The sale of Joao Felix and Darwin Nunez accounts for 44% of the clubs earnings in this time span, with Felix joining Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2020 for a club record €127.2M and Nunez moving for €75M which still does not include potential add ons that would see the deal grow to the €100M mark.

In the same span, Benfica have spent €223.5M acquiring players, with Jorge Jesus' return in the summer of 2021 accounting for over 50% of buys, in what turned into a costly miss at the club who spent a season record of €120M. Benfica will continue to profit from their most valuable players after every season but it would be nice to know what their results just might be if the club was able to hang onto their players for just a little while longer.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Breakdown of the Darwin Nunez deal

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The deal we have been expecting since the conclusion of the season has finally been completed, as Uruguayan star striker Darwin Nunez will depart Benfica and join English side Liverpool for a record haul that could hit the €100M mark if all add ons are hit.

We take a look at the breakdown of the deal officially announced between Benfica and Liverpool today:

  • Benfica will receive €75M up front from Liverpool
  • Benfica will receive €5M  when Nunez appears in 10 games
  • Benfica will receive €10M when Nunez appears in 60 games
  • Benfica will receive €10M with achievable bonuses 

Nunez's former Spanish club Almeria will receive 20% from the sale.

Check Out:

The Biggest Transfer Sales in Benfica History

Monday, June 13, 2022

Benfica should take a chance on Estoril attacking midfielder

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As Benfica look to make over the club this summer for new incoming manager Roger Schmidt, the club will see an exodus of players from last seasons roster, but what the club needs to look a bit more into is what hidden gems they may be able to find within the Portuguese League itself and one of those players plays just 30 km away at Estoril in attacking midfielder Andre Franco.

The 24 year old is available for a mere €5M and had a great season at Estoril scoring eleven goals while setting up four across thirty seven games of action and was named the man of the match on four occasions. Franco came up through the Sporting youth system and spent a season at Belenenses before arriving at Estoril in the summer of 2018. Franco has been linked with Jorge Jesus at Fenerbahce but Benfica would be wise to give the player a try for the price that Estoril is looking for.

One of Benfica's big projects this summer is rebuilding the midfield which disappointed last season in more games then not and Franco would add an element to the attack that the club lacked last season. You have to like a player of Franco's caliber who spent a season away from the professional game and almost called it quits on his career but his determination has got him to this point in his career and what is wrong with adding some heart to the club, something sorely lacking.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Benfica look to bring old face home

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Benfica continue to look around the globe to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season after consecutive third place finishes in Portugal and the latest name linked to the club is former Seixal academy player Andre Gomes who is currently at Everton. The 28 year old last wore Benfica colours during the  2013/2014 season and has spent time at both Valencia and Barcelona before arriving in England with Everton.

Everton are ready to move on from Gomes as they look to raise funds for moves this summer and his return to Benfica will depend on the amount that Everton are looking to receive for the player. Benfica are not alone in their interest for Gomes as Portuguese rivals FC Porto are also said to be monitoring the situation closely. Gomes appeared in forty-one games with Benfica across all competitions, scoring four goals in that span.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Benfica path to Champions League group revealed

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Benfica have learned their path to the group stage of the Champions League as the club looks to add millions to it's coffers for the 2022-23 season. Benfica will once again go through the league path after finishing third in the Portuguese League for the second season in a row as they bid to be one of two clubs to earn a place in the lucrative group stage.

Benfica will be placed in the seeded pot and will need to win their 3rd qualifying round and then a playoff round to clinch their group stage place. Their potential opponents in the 3rd round qualifying round could come from any of Monaco, Sturm Graz, Fenerbahce, AEK Larnaca, Midtylland and Union Saint-Gilloise. PSV could once again be a potential opponent in the playoff round but the Lisbon side would avoid the Dutch club in the first round of games.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Benfica set to pay €8M for Slavia right back Bah

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Benfica are set to announce the acquisition of right back Alexander Bah this week, sealing a move for the 24 year old Danish International from Czech side Slavia Prague. Benfica are set to pay Slavia €8M to land Bah and should sign the player to a five year contract. Bah arrived in Lisbon earlier today to complete all the formalities before he signs a contract making the move to Benfica official.

Benfica have been in talks with Slavia for Bah for the past few weeks, as they look to strengthen a position that saw a rotation of players in the starting eleven last season. Bah told reporters upon his arrival to Lisbon that he was very excited to be in the country and is looking forward to getting started with the club. Bah will become Benfica's third player signing since the conclusion of the season.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Benfica trying to figure out what to do with Pizzi

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Long time Benfica midfielder Pizzi is not in the clubs plans for the upcoming season and the club is trying to figure out what to do with the 32 year old. Pizzi spent the second half of last season with Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir but has been returned to the club with the conclusion of the season.

Pizzi still has one year left on his contract with Benfica and the club is looking at more lucrative options for the player in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Pizzi has appeared in 357 games across all competitions for Benfica, scoring 94 goals while setting up an additional 96. Pizzi captured four League Titles along with three Super Cups, two League Cups and a Taca de Portugal in his time at Benfica.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Jorge Jesus could bring Joao Mario to Fenerbahce

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The recent hiring of former Benfica manager Jorge Jesus with Turkish club Fenerbahce could see the Portuguese manager once again reunite with midfielder Joao Mario for the third time if the two clubs are able to agree to terms. Jesus has previously managed Mario when the two were together at Sporting and then once again at Benfica at the insistence of Jesus this past season.

Benfica who are looking to reduce salary would be open to any type of move with Fenerbahce, whether it be a sale or a loan of the 29 year old who is signed with the club until the summer of 2026. Joao Mario is currently the clubs highest earner, receiving €3.85M per season and appeared in 45 games across all competitions for Benfica, scoring four goals while setting up another seven.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Benfica with eye on Villarreal left back

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Benfica continue their search to improve the club for next season and have been linked to various players, the latest being Villarreal left back Pervis Estupinan. The 24 year old Ecuadorian International has spent the past two seasons with Villarreal after joining from Watford in the summer of 2020 for €16.4M and has appeared in 73 games for the Spanish club across all competitions, failing to score a goal while providing four helpers.

Villarreal have an excess of full backs at the club and Estupinan's name has been thrown around as one of the fullbacks the club is looking to cash on during the summer. Villarreal are said to be looking for €18M for the players services while Benfica are open to a loan move with an option to buy at the conclusion of the season at lower price. Benfica recently added Serbian left back Mihailo Ristic as they move to bolster a position that should soon see their current starter Alex Grimaldo move on from the club.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Benfica jerseys for the 2022/23 season leaked

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Have Benfica's 2022/23 jerseys been leaked? Well according to the site Footy Headlines, they have the scoop on the clubs jerseys for the upcoming season on both the home and the away jerseys.

Benfica's home jersey will feature its distinctive red colour that we have all been accustomed to for years and years but may include a bit more white trim on the sleeves ends and thankfully will not include a collar. The clubs shirt sponsor continues to be Emirates while it's jersey maker will continue as Adidas

Benfica's away jersey is where the club tends to get a bit more creative and it looks like the club will be going with a yellow/gold colour that may include patterns that gel into the jersey. The club last used yellowish/gold jerseys during the 1998/99 season when the clubs sponsors for that season were Telecel, while Adidas was the jersey maker then as it is now.

Check out Footy Headlines potential jerseys for the 2022/23 season below:

 ➡️➡️➡️    HOME JERSEY

 ➡️➡️➡️    AWAY JERSEY

Thursday, May 26, 2022

What's next for Benfica after adding Ristic to club

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Benfica announced the arrival of left back Mihailo Ristic earlier today and signed what looks to be Alex Grimaldo's replacement for four seasons, acquiring the 26 year old Serbian on a free transfer after Ristic spent the past three seasons with French club Montpellier. Ristic joins striker Petar Musa and new manager Roger Schmidt as the new faces that have arrived at the club since the end of the season.

Benfica are still in the market to acquire a variety of new players for various positions within the club as they look to completely make over a squad that has under performed the past few seasons. Benfica have been linked with a group of players from PSV, which is new manager Schmidt's old club as well as other Dutch league players familiar to Schmidt in his time in the Eredivisie League.

Benfica fans can expect at least an additional five to seven more player additions before the 2022/23 season commences but they will also be moving on from about the same amount of players if not more as the club looks to right the ship and compete for titles once again.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Roger Schmidt arrives in Lisbon

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Benfica will officially announce the hiring of German manager Roger Schmidt at some point today as the 55 year old has arrived in Lisbon to officially sign his contract with the club. Schmidt will receive a two year deal with an option for a third year as he begins work on bringing the club back from it's current abyss.

The announcement of Schmidt's hiring was delayed by a week due to current Benfica President Rui Costa having tested positive for COVID-19 which made him unavailable to meet with his new manager and announce the hiring of Schmidt. Schmidt arrived this morning at Lisbon's Humberto Delgado airport and is eager commence his work at the club.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Benfica make third move of the off season

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Benfica announced their third move of the off season acquiring Boavista striker Petar Musa for €5M and signing the 24 year old Croatian to at 5 year deal with an €80M buy out clause. The deal also includes Boavista acquiring 50% of left back Ricardo Mangas playing rights which will now give the Porto club full ownership of the player and they also also receive 50% of defensive midfielder Illija Vukotic playing rights.

Benfica expect to be busy this off season having already moved on from intern manager Nelson Verissimo and hiring his replacement in PSV's German manager Roger Schmidt. Benfica are now looking to bolster there midfield next, already being linked to a host of players from Europe and South America. 

Our original Petar Musa transfer blog from April 2022 ➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️ HERE

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Benfica linked to Arsenal keeper

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Benfica's incoming manager Roger Schmidt is said to be looking for a new keeper at the club who can potentially take over the number one job next season and the latest keeper linked with the Lisbon side is former Arsenal number one and German national Bernd Leno according to reports from Portugal.

The 30 year old Leno had been Arsenal's number one choice since joining the London club in the summer of 2018 but fell into the backup role during this current season. Schmidt is a fan of Leno from their time together at Bayer Leverkusen but Arsenal's price tag of €10M may be too rich for Benfica to pay for a keeper who is not guaranteed to be the clubs starter.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Javi Garcia surprised by Benfica links

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Current Boavista center back and former Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia was taken by surprise by a report in the Portuguese daily A Bola last week that linked the 35 year old with a return to Benfica as part of incoming manager Roger Schmidt's coaching staff for next season. Javi confirmed that no one from Benfica has spoken to him about such a move and that he still has a contract for one more season at Boavista.

Javi appeared in 132 games across all competitions for Benfica in three seasons at the club from 2009 to 2012, winning one League Championship along with three Taca da Liga trophies before departing. Javi has spent time in his career at various clubs which include Real Madrid, Manchester City and Real Betis among a host of others. Javi joined Boavista on a free transfer in the summer of 2020.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Benfica end season and look to next year

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Benfica closed out their 2021/22 campaign yesterday with a 2-0 victory over Pacos Ferreira in a game that saw many of the clubs academy players get a shot in the spotlight before closing the curtain on this campaign. Henrique Araujo scored a brace, earning player of the game honours and sending a message to incoming manager Roger Schmidt that he is ready for the big stage at Lisbon next season.

Benfica finish third in the league for the second straight season and will next to go through a playoff once again if they are to make the group stage of the Champions League. Benfica also failed to collect any hardware for the third straight season, their coming in the summer of 2019 when the captured the Portuguese Super Cup.


Benfica fans can expect many changes for next season as the club looks to right the ship under their new manager Schmidt. Benfica could see as many as ten players on the current roster depart in the summer with striker and current golden boot leader Darwin Nunez headlining the long list as the club looks for a fresh start.

Benfica fans the season is over but now a new kind of fun begins with all the summer moves in and out of the club and we can once again renew hope for the 2022/23 season..... all aboard.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Incoming manager Schmidt wants Dutch left back

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Benfica's incoming manager Roger Schmidt is said to have recommended that the club look towards the Eredivisie for the potential replacement of Alex Grimaldo who looks set to depart the club for greener pastures this summer. Schmidt is interested in current AZ Alkmaar's left back and Dutch International Owen Wijndal as his starting right back for next season but Benfica are already in advance talks for other players to take over at the position.

Wijndal has come through the Alkmaar youth ranks and has represented the Netherlands in all age levels throughout competitions. The 22 year old was part of the Netherlands Euro 2020 squad and appeared as a substitute off the bench twice during the competition. Wijndal has appeared in 42 games for Alkmaar across all competitions this season, scoring once while setting up twelve helpers.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Benfica look to have found a new right back

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Benfica have made contact with Czech club Slavia Prague to discuss their current 24 year old right back Alexander Bah, as the club looks to improve at a position that was one of their weaker links this season. The Danish international has spent the past season and a half with Prague were he has appeared in 68 games across all competitions, scoring seven goals and setting up sixteen.

Benfica spent the season with a variety of different players at the position from Gilberto to Andre Almeida to Diogo Goncalves to Valentino Lazaro but were unable to find a clear cut number one with Gilberto earning the most appearances in the role. Benfica would be expected to spend between €7M to €10M for Prague to let go of Bah who is signed until the summer of 2025.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Benfica land Boavista striker Petar Musa

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Benfica have made an agreement with Boavista to land 24 year old Croatian striker Petar Musa after the clubs are said to have made an agreement that involves cash and players according to reports from Portugal. Benfica have been in negotiations for Musa for quite some time and the deal finally looks to be closed.

Musa was on loan from Sparta Prague with a buy option for a reported €3.5M which Boavista have activated. Benfica will give Boavista €5M for Musa along with the rights to Ilija Vukotic who is currently already at Boavista on loan and the 50% of the rights of left back Ricardo Mangas that the club still owned.

Musa has had a great first season in Portugal, appearing in 35 games across all competitions, scoring 12 goals while adding 4 assists. Musa is Benfica's first signing for the 2022/23 season as the club looks to get back on track after a string of disappointing seasons that has seen them go trophy less.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Benfica continue links with Eredivisie players

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Benfica continue to be linked to players currently applying their trade in the Eredivisie which is the current league of incoming manager Roger Schmidt. The latest players linked to Benfica are two of Schmidt's own PSV players, Mario Gotze and Ibrahim Sangare who have patrolled the midfield for the Dutch side for the past two seasons.

The 29 year old Gotze is a former World Cup champion with Germany and has an affordable buyout clause reported at €4M. Gotze has appeared in 74 games for PSV across all competitions, scoring 18 goals while setting up the same amount. Gotze had spent all of his playing career in Germany between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund before joining PSV on a free transfer in the summer of 2020 and has spent the majority of his career playing in an attacking midfield role.

Sangare who is 24 years old also joined PSV in the summer of 2020 from French club Toulouse for €7M and would be a more costly acquisition for Benfica, some saying in the €20M-€25M range. Sangare who plays in the defensive midfield role, has appeared in 85 games for PSV across all competitions, scoring five goals while also setting up five. Sangare has also been linked with richer sides Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester City.

The continued links that Benfica have with various players no matter who they end up actually obtaining, does mean one thing, expect big changes at the club for next season.

 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Benfica linked to Waalwijk defender Touba

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Benfica have added RKC Waalwijk defender Ahmed Touba to their summer transfer wish list according to reports from French publication Foot Mercato. Incoming new manager Roger Schmidt is famaliar with the 24 year old center back from their encounters in the Dutch Eredivisie over the past two seasons. Schmidt has a plan for Benfica and is looking to add the right players to his incoming system for next season.

Touba who plays internationally for Algeria was born in France and spent his youth in the Belgian football system, spending time at Club Brugge, OH Leuven and FC Brugge before moving to Dutch side Waalwijk in the summer of 2020. Touba has appeared in 60 games across all competitions for Waalwijk, scoring three goals while setting up an additional two. Touba's addition would more then likely mean the departure of one of the clubs senior center backs in Jan Vertonghen or Nicolas Otamendi.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Benfica President Rui Costa wants Horta at club

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Benfica President Rui Costa is said to want Braga winger Ricardo Horta as a reinforcement for next season at the club according to reports from Portugal. Benfica's interest in Horta is not new but with the club set for a major overhaul of players this summer, he is a player currently on the clubs radar. 

Horta who is 27 years old came up through Benfica's youth system along with brother Andre Horta but did not make any appearances for the main squad before departing to Setubal in the summer of 2013. Horta then made a move to Spanish side Malaga in 2014 before a season long loan sent him to Braga in 2016 a move that became permanent in the summer of 2017.

Horta has had a sensation 2021/22 campaign in which he has scored 21 goals across all competitions including 17 in league play while providing 10 assists. Horta has appeared in 277 games since joining Braga across all competitions, scoring 91 goals which is the clubs all time high while adding 48 assists. Braga President Antoine Salvador is said to want €20M to move Horta but Benfica will work to lower that price tag by adding some of the clubs youngsters to any future deal.

Schmidt asks Benfica for new keeper

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Roger Schmidt, Benfica's unofficial new manager is said to have already been making requests of the club for new player acquisitions during the summer and one of those players according to reports out of Portugal is current Arminia Bielefeld keeper Stefan Ortega. The 29 year old shot stopper becomes a free agent in the summer and Schmidt is interested in Ortega becoming the clubs new number one keeper taking over the spot currently held by another German born keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos.

Ortega has spent the past five seasons at Bielefeld, were he has appeared in 218 games across all competitions while maintaining 68 clean sheets in the process. Ortega is said to have other interested suitors in German clubs Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen but both clubs would be looking at Ortega in a back up role which may just give Benfica the upper hand in negotiations for the keeper.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Benfica reach tentative agreement with Roger Schmidt

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Benfica have announced that they have reached a principal agreement with current PSV manager Roger Schmidt to take over the club next season with only minor details of the contract to be worked out. Schmidt deal is said to be for two seasons with an option for third which would commence in the summer after his contract with PSV Eindhoven expires.

The 55 year old Schmidt made a name for himself in Austria while in charge of Red Bull Salzburg for two seasons before moving on to lead Bayer Leverkusen in his native Germany for almost three seasons. Schmidt would then head over to Chinese club Beijing Guoan for two seasons before taking over with PSV in the summer of 2020.

Schmidt has captured a variety of trophies during his coaching career from the Austrian league championship during the 2013/14 season to this seasons double trophy haul, winning the Dutch Super Cup and the Dutch Cup at PSV. Schmidt is said to be bringing his number two Jorn Wolf to join his coaching staff at Benfica.

 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Benfica will need to work quick for Neres

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Benfica have a great opportunity in front of them presented by the unfortunate situation in the Ukraine as many foreign players look set to depart clubs from the Ukraine and Russia during the summer transfer window. One of those players is 25 year old winger David Neres who just joined Shakhtar Donetsk during the winter window from Ajax for €12M after spending the past five seasons in the organization.

The Brazilian winger is said to be on the wish list of incoming manager Roger Schmidt who got a first hand look at Neres while managing against him while at PSV in the Eredivisie League. Neres has yet to play a game for Shakhtar since joining the club, as the league was in its winter break when the Ukraine was invaded by Russia and had to shutdown operations temporarily.

Benfica do have a trump card in negotiations with Shakhtar as the Ukrainian club have yet to pay the full €17M from their summer acquisition of winger Pedrinho from the Lisbon side. Benfica are hoping that they will be able to unlock the early form of Neres with Ajax before he suffered a severe knee injury that saw him miss almost all of the 2019/20 season. Benfica are not alone in their pursuit of Neres, as Italian giants Juventus have also had their name linked to the player.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Benfica prepared to do what it takes in final four games

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With just four games remaining in Benfica's season, the club looks to go out in strong form, while the club still has a slim chance to finish second in the league and get the automatic spot in the Champions League group stage. Benfica would need a bit of help in achieving this outcome as they currently trail Sporting by six points and do not hold the tiebreaker if the two clubs end up level on points at the conclusion of the final four weeks of play.

Benfica will also have their eye on making sure that Darwin Nunez wins the league's golden boot as the 22 year old Uruguayan currently sits atop Portugal with 25 goals which currently gives him a seven goal lead over closest rival, FC Porto's Taremi. If Darwin were to reach the 30 goal mark he would be the first in Portugal to hit that plateau since Benfica's Jonas did so during the 2017/18 season.

Benfica will have a different look next season from the manager off the pitch to the players on it but with four games left in the season we might as well all sit back and enjoy what is left before the summer hiatus.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Montpellier left back linked with Benfica move

Benfica have their eye on their potential player replacement for Alex Grimaldo this summer and that player is current Montpellier left back Mihailo Ristic according to reports coming out of both Portugal and France. Benfica is set to finally cash in on their current left back and are like the option of adding Ristic who will become a free agent during the summer.

The 26 year old Ristic joined French side Montpellier in the winter of 2019 from Russian club Krasnodar and has appeared in 28 games this season across all competitions for Montpellier, scoring twice while setting up another two. The Serbian International has also been capped 7 times by his nation, the last coming in a friendly against Hungary in March.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Benfica lay major dent in Sporting title hopes

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Benfica look to have handed their cross town rivals Sporting a major blow in their aspirations to repeat as Portuguese League Champions after a 2-0 victory at the Estadio Jose Alvalade yesterday. Benfica kept their slim hopes of finishing second alive with the victory closing their gap on their Lisbon rivals to six points with four league games remaining but Sporting currently holds the tiebreaker if the clubs finish level on points. 

Darwin Nunez continued his hot form scoring the opening goal and his league leading 25th of the season while setting up the second goal late in the game. Benfica's final four games of the season will see them face Maritimo and Pacos Ferreira on the road, while they will host Famalicao and current league leaders FC Porto at the Estadio da Luz.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Benfica look to make millions from summer sales

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The football season is coming to an end and for us Benfica fans their is nothing left to look forward to until next season kicks off with the club out of every competition left and with no chance of capturing the league title for a third consecutive season.

Benfica are set for big changes this summer with the clubs most important move bringing in a new manager with a new vision to get this club back on track and that man looks set to be announced shortly in current PSV manager Roger Schmidt. Look for the club to make the announcement of the over the coming weeks as they look to have their manager in place before the summer transfer window gets underway.

Benfica's next steps will be a major overhaul of the clubs current players, look for Valentino Lazaro, Soualiho Meite and Nemanja Radonjic to all return to their respective clubs without Benfica exercising their buy options on all three players loans. Benfica will then commence the sale of many of the clubs current players as they look to hit the €150M mark in summer moves.

The six players most likely to depart the club this summer include:

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Benfica show fight in draw with Liverpool

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Benfica say good bye to the Champions League from the quarter-final stage after an exciting two legs against Premiership side Liverpool as they fall 6-4 on aggregate after drawing the second leg 3-3 earlier today. Benfica's poor first half in the first leg looks to be the major difference in this encounter and has myself and other Benfica fans wondering why this club does not show the same hustle and vigor during league action.

Benfica needed to get the opening goal after falling 3-1 to Liverpool in the first leg but another opening corner kick goal from Konate opened the scoring for Liverpool. Goncalo Ramos would then bring Benfica level going into the half. The second half say a pair of goals from striker Firmino give Liverpool a 3-1 lead but Benfica did not quit and goals by Yaremchuk and Darwin Nunez brought the game level once again with eight minutes remaining.

A brilliant Allison save just minutes later after the Benfica equalizer kept the Lisbon side from going ahead as the Liverpool keeper denied a Darwin Nunez bullet from going in on the lower left side. Nunez would score again in injury time but his goal would be ruled off side for the third time in the game but this time VAR would not over rule the linesman's call siding with the officials on two of the three Darwin markers in the game. Benfica get set to face city rivals Sporting on Easter Sunday as they hope to put a dent on the Lions title hopes.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Benfica ready to add Lille's Xeka to squad

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Benfica are said to be currently in talks to bring home 27 year old Lille midfielder Xeka to the club next season as the Portuguese born midfielder will be out of contract at seasons end and be able to join the Lisbon side on a free transfer making a return to Portugal since departing back in 2017 according to reports from Portugal.

Xeka first joined Lille on loan from Braga during the winter of 2017 and made the move permanent for €5M in the summer of 2017. Xeka has appeared in 143 games across all competitions for the French club, scoring eight goals while setting up an additional seven. Xeka has not only played at Braga but also spent some time with Covilha at the senior level.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Benfica to return to Almeria for another striker

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Benfica look to try their luck again this summer with a striker currently at Spanish second division side Almeria and hope to strike gold as they did in the summer of 2020 when they acquired Darwin Nunez from the same club. With Nunez set to depart for greener pastures this summer and Benfica ready to reap a windfall of cash for the sale of the 22 year old, the club is looking to acquire a replacement for the Uruguayan international.

According to reports coming from Italy, Benfica are in talks already with Almeria for the clubs current number one striker Umar Sadiq. The 25 year old was Nunez's replacement at the Spanish side and has scored 38 goals across all competitions since joining the club over the past two seasons. Almeria is also set to reap a windfall from Benfica's sale of Darwin Nunez based on an add on clause that will see them receive 20% of any future sale that Benfica make on the player. This itself should see the clubs want to work together once more.

 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Boavista striker almost guaranteed at Benfica

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Benfica are preparing for the summer transfer window even with it still two months away as the club looks to strengthen itself to compete for next season. Benfica have accepted that they will be moving on from current striker and league scoring leader Darwin Nunez during the summer months as the 22 year old Uruguayan has caught the attention of many of Europe's top clubs in a move that should bring in a record haul for the Lisbon side.

Benfica are also said to be ready to move on from Swiss striker Haris Seferovic, while striker Rodrigo Pinho has gone through two injury plagued seasons and is not being counted on for next year. This would leave Benfica with only two striking options in youngster Goncalo Ramos and Roman Yaremchuk with a host of spots to fill on the squad up front.

According to reports in Portugal, Benfica have already set their sights on one league striker who has scored eleven goals and set up three across all competitions for Boavista this season, that striker's name is Petar Musa who is on loan from Slavia Prague. Musa's loan deal includes a clause that has already been automatically activated, when Musa hit the ten goal mark in February. Boavista are now on the hook to pay Slavia Prague €3.5M for the 24 year old Musa while Benfica monitor the situation closely and ready to act financially to assist Boavista with finalizing the move.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Benfica mistakes prove costly in Liverpool loss

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Benfica went into their Champions League quarter-final encounter saying all the right things but once the game kicked off, Benfica looked afraid to get any attack going in the first half, a mistake that proved costly in their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool and now face the impossible task of traveling to Anfield next week and hoping for a positive result in the second leg encounter.

The Estadio da Luz was rocking as the game kicked off but Benfica got their first warning just nine minutes into the game as Salah's chance on goal was shot straight at Benfica keeper Vlachodimos. The game would remain scoreless for just eight more minutes as Liverpool would convert a corner when center back Konate who was left unmarked would smash a header into the Benfica net.

Benfica would get a break at the 23 minute mark but Everton's run on goal should have saw him do better as his shot would go wide into the netting from in close range. Liverpool almost doubled their lead just one minute later but a Luis Diaz attempt was turned aside by Vlachodimos once more as Liverpool's confidence grew.

Liverpool would then make the score 2-0 after a Taarabt pass attempt was intercepted in Benfica's half and a beautiful cross by Alexander-Arnold would see Luis Diaz head pass the ball to an open Sadio Mane who would tap the ball into a wide open goal. Luis Diaz would then come oh so close to scoring but his low shot would go wide of the bottom left corner. Vlachodimos would need to make another stop just before the half, this time to Mo Salah to keep the game within reach.

Benfica were lucky to go into the half down just two as the Lisbon side failed to get anything going and who's passing was piss poor all half.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Benfica set for Liverpool clash

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Benfica will kick off their Champions League quarter-final campaign against English club Liverpool on Tuesday at the Estadio da Luz as the Lisbon side continues their UEFA campaign with the second leg of the quarter-final taking place at Anfield on April 13. 

Benfica go into this game coming off a disappointing road loss to Braga 3-2 on Friday, just about ending the clubs quest to finish in the top two places in the league as they currently trail second place Sporting by six points, which could rise to nine by the end of the day today. Benfica are hoping that a continued run in the Champions League will appease their fans from their terrible domestic season.


Thursday, March 31, 2022

Benfica should look within league for Darwin replacement

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Benfica are all but certain to sell the rights to striker Darwin Nunez this summer during the transfer window and with the Uruguayan's strong season that has seen him score 26 goals across all competitions in 33 games, Benfica are set to receive an almost record haul for the 22 year old who only joined the club in the summer of 2020.

With Benfica set to receive a minimum €70M for Nunez at this time, the club could receive an even higher fee if Nunez continues his fine form until season end. Benfica will provide 20% of any sale price to Almeria as the Spanish side made sure to include this clause in the sale when the Lisbon side acquired Nunez.

Benfica could also see the departure of Swiss striker Haris Seferovic this summer leaving the club with youngster Goncalo Ramos, Roman Yaremchuk and often injured Rodrigo Pinho as their only options. With a new manager looking set to take over at the club next season the club may need to add a striker or two depending on his formation.

Benfica President Rui Costa has stated he will be looking at cost certainty next season and that the clubs main reinforcements look to be coming from within the league and if that is indeed the case then there are a couple of strikers who come to mind that Benfica could target.

The two strikers the club could look to add this off season are:

Vitinha (Braga) - The 22 year old has been a regular with Braga this season since October and has chipped in 12 goals across all competitions with 5 coming in league play, 6 in the Taca de Portugal and 1 in Europa League play in 30 games of action. Vitinha would more then likely cost Benfica between €12M to €20M to land.

Fran Navarro (Gil Vicente) - The 24 year currently sits fifth in league scoring with 13 goals and has scored 34% of Gil Vicente's goals in league action this season. Navarro is in his first season in Portugal after joining the Barcelos club on a free transfer after playing with Valencia's B squad the season prior and could cost Benfica between €5M to €8M to land.