Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Benfica has a busy deadline day

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Benfica had a busy deadline day to follow up a busy second last day yesterday that saw more players heading out the exit door then into the Lisbon club. Benfica moved Chiquinho, Tomas Tavares and Joao Fereira on loan to Braga, Basel and Guimaraes respectively, while the club and midfielder Andreas Samaris came to an agreement on rescinding the 32 year olds contract.

Benfica did see the arrival of midfielder Valentino Lazaro on loan from Inter Milan for the season in what turned into a very busy 48 hour window. Chiquinho's loan move to Braga does not include any purchase option, while Basel can purchase 50% of Tavares rights at the conclusion of the season for €5M. Guimaraes also have a buy option on Joao Ferreira for the same €5M but it is unknown what percentage of the player the Minhoto club would acquire.

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Benfica's loan move for Lazaro from Inter Milan does include an option to make the move permanent at seasons end and it is reported to be for around €8.5M. Benfica did not move on from midfielder Gabriel who was linked with a move to Brazil to join Sao Paulo and the club was also in discussions with Gil Vicente on loaning keeper Mile Svilar but that move failed to materialize before the window closed.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Benfica moving out players before the deadline

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Benfica continue to work on moving out players that Jorge Jesus has no intention of utilizing this season and with the transfer window set to close tomorrow the club is hard at work. Today saw Benfica send out striker Carlos Vinicius on a two year loan to PSV in which the club will receive €2.5M up front and PSV have an option to make the move permanent for a reported €10M for 50% of Vinicius' rights.

Benfica moved Florentino Luis to Getafe also on loan for the season in which Benfica will receive €500K for the loan and Getafe have the option to buy 50% of Florentino's rights for €10M at seasons end. The moves didn't stop there as forward Jota is reported to have completed his medical and will join Celtic for the season on loan, Celtic will have the option to make the move permanent at seasons end for €7.5M of 75% of Jota's playing rights.

Although Benfica had a busy day they are still looking for homes for Chiquinho, Gabriel, Samaris and Ferro before the deadline window shuts until January but have yet to agree to terms with any clubs to move the players. Chiquinho has been linked in recent days with Italian side Torino, while Gabriel is linked with a move to Brazilian side Sao Paulo.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Taarabt suspended until October by league

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The Portuguese League has announced the suspension of Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt for 23 days and 2 games for an incident that took place in the Taca de Portugal final against Braga back in May. The incident involved a red card that Taarabt received at the end of the encounter in which he was unhappy by a tackle received at the hands of Braga's Lucas Piazon and proceeded to initiate a melee that saw several players on both sides push and shove one another.

Taarabt will first serve his 23 day suspension which would end on September 19 and then serve his two game suspension. In total Taarabt will miss five league games and due to International competition in both September and October will not be available again until October 24 when the club travels to take on Vizela. Braga's former keeper and technical team member Eduardo was also suspended for 30 days for his part in the incident.