Thursday, January 13, 2022

Benfica linked to Famalicao's left back

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According to reports from Spanish daily AS, Benfica have been linked with Famalicao left back Adrian Marian who is currently spending the season with the Portuguese club on loan from Granada. Benfica are not alone in their pursuit of the 25 year old as Braga are also a club that are said to be interested in Marin's services.

Marin has appeared in 17 games across all competitions for Famalicao, scoring one goal. Marin came up through Villareal's youth system before moving onto Leganes, Alaves and then Granada. Famalicao has an undisclosed option to make Marin's loan move permanent at seasons end, in which time they can then flip the player for a profit to one of it's league rivals.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Benfica linked to Flamengo left back Ramon

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Benfica are said to have their eye on Flamengo's 20 year old left back Ramon Ramos Lima as a potential replacement for current left back Alex Grimaldo who is currently in stalled contract talks with the club. Grimaldo's contract is set to expire at the end of next season and Benfica are doing their best to lock up the 26 year old with other clubs already hovering.

Ramon is a player that Benfica have had their eye on for some time and is considered a jewel of the Flamengo club but although the Lisbon side is interested they have not made any formal offer for the player's services. Ramon joined Flamengo in the winter of 2017 and appeared in 30 games across all competitions last season.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Verissimo looking at Ramos to be Felix?

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New intern manager Nelson Verissimo looks to have taken a page out of former Benfica skipper Bruno Lage's playbook when he inserted 20 year old Goncalo Ramos into the starting eleven this weekend in a formation that resembles Benfica's last winning championship under Lage going back to the 2018-19 season.

Lage made his debut with Benfica in January 6, 2019 replacing Rui Vitoria and on his drive home while preparing for his first game, the former manager decided to bet on a 19 year old kid named Joao Felix to shake things up at the club. We all know how that turned out as Felix exploded onto the scene, finishing the season with twenty goals across all competitions while setting up an additional fourteen as Benfica regained their league crown.

Felix would then depart during the summer months joining Spanish club Atletico Madrid in a record setting sale that would see Benfica add €127M to its coffer. Verissimo sees the highly regarded Ramos as playing the same type of role in the secondary striker position as Felix did during that magical season returning the club to the 4-4-2 formation over Jesus' preferred 3-5-2 system.

Ramos has already seen an uptick in playing time over Verissimo's first two games appearing in 125 minutes compared to 881 under Jesus's tenure this season which covered 30 games across all competitions. Ramos has chipped in a modest goal and assist to date but with regular playing minutes and a gain of confidence could Ramos bring to Benfica what Felix did, only time will tell and we have half a season to find out.