January transfer window departures: Part I

João Carvalho

Besides the lucrative sales of Gonçalo Guedes and Hélder Costa, the signings of Filipe Augusto and Pedro Pereira, and the departure of Adel Taarabt to Genoa, there was plenty more transfer activity at Benfica during January. The majority of these transactions were outgoing loan deals. In the first of this two-part feature, we look at the Portuguese players that have found new clubs.

Filipe Augusto aiming to seize his opportunity at Benfica

Filipe Augusto

Pedro Pereira was not Benfica's only signing on the final day of the January transfer window. The Eagles also recruited Filipe Augusto from Rio Ave, for an undisclosed fee. Like Pereira, Augusto has agreed a five-and-a-half year deal, which expires in summer 2022. The 23-year old midfielder is a client of Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes. He has been handed the number 6 shirt.

Pedro Pereira happy to complete his homecoming

Pedro Pereira

Benfica have strengthened their defence with the capture of Sampdoria right-back Pedro Pereira. The 19-year old returns to his former club after a season-and-a-half in Italy. Serbian midfielder Filip Đuričić has moved in the opposite direction as part of the transfer, turning his loan into a permanent deal. The Eagles are thought to have parted with €3 million plus Đuričić to bring Pereira back home. He will wear the number 23 jersey.

Wolves smash transfer record to recruit Hélder Costa

Hélder Costa

Benfica have completed their second major sale of the January transfer window, with the departure of Hélder Costa to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers. The dynamic winger has been on loan at Molineux since the start of the current season, and Wolves have opted to make his signing permanent by exercising their €15 million transfer option.

Guedes clinches Paris Saint-Germain transfer

Gonçalo Guedes

Gonçalo Guedes has sealed his big-money move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The 20-year old forward arrived in the French capital on Tuesday evening, before passing his medical on Wednesday morning. He has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, which ties him to Les Parisiens until June 30th 2021.

Benfica capture Brazilian full-back Marcelo Hermes

Benfica have completed the signing of Brazilian left-back Marcelo Hermes. The 22-year old joins on a free transfer after the expiry of his contract with Grêmio. The full-back has agreed a contract until 2021 and will wear the number 38 jersey. You can read more about the player's credentials here.

Benfica vs Västerås: To the Victor go the spoils

Victor Lindelöf

Sport Lisboa e Benfica is an internationally renowned football club and at first glance it seems they have little in common with a small, struggling third division team from central Sweden. But Västerås Sportklubb and SL Benfica are busy fighting out a vicious off-pitch battle, as Carla Pereira explains.

Rafa Silva: "Benfica was always my choice"

Rafa Silva was officially unveiled as a Benfica player on Friday, in between Portugal's friendly victory over Gibraltar last Thursday, and their World Cup qualifier against Switzerland tonight. His signing was completed on transfer deadline day, after a summer of protracted transfer negotiations. In declarations to BTV, the 23-year old admitted his relief at finally sealing his move.

Transfer Deadline Wrap: Rafa signs and nine depart

Rafa Silva

After a summer of almost constant speculation, Rafa Silva sealed his move to Benfica on transfer deadline day. An agreement in principle was reached over a fortnight ago, but the deal was delayed by a dispute over agents' fees. The transfer was finally confirmed at 00:15 on Thursday 1st September, on Benfica's English language Twitter account.

Braga trade blows with Rafa's agency over transfer impasse

On Wednesday, Braga broke their silence on one of the worst-kept secrets in football: the transfer of Rafa Silva to Benfica. If the papers are to be believed, the 23-year old has been the subject of a ‘tug-of-war’ between Benfica and Porto this summer, with the Eagles winning the battle just over a week ago. So why hasn’t the Portuguese international been unveiled at the Estádio da Luz?