Opinion: Seven players in need of a fresh start (Part I)

On June 28th, Benfica announced a 32-man squad for the 2016/17 preseason calendar. Since then, the squad has grown even bigger with the arrivals of Guillermo Celis, André Carrillo, Andrija Živković and Óscar Benítez, and the promotion of Miguel Santos, Ivan Zlobin and Reinildo from Benfica B. Thus far, Vitaly Lystsov has been the only man to depart, joining Tondela on loan.

Neil Fernandes takes a look at seven players who did not make the preseason squad, and look destined to depart the Estádio da Luz this summer. In the first of this three-part series, Rúben Amorim and Steven Vitória come under the microscope.

Birthday boy Bebé seals Eibar move

Tiago 'Bebé'

Benfica have sold Portuguese forward Tiago 'Bebé' to La Liga outfit Eibar. The Spanish club announced the signing on Tuesday, which coincidentally was the player's 26th birthday. Bebé has signed a four-year contract but the transfer fee has not been disclosed.

Six depart as Benfica commence clear-out

Pedro Rebocho

Six players have left the club over the past week, as Benfica continue to mould their squad for the forthcoming season. Nuno Santos, Vitali Lystsov and Daniel Candeias have been sent out on loan, while Bruno Varela, Fábio Cardoso and Pedro Rebocho have all been sold. Victor Andrade is also close to the exit door.

Óscar Benítez joins Benfica's legion of wingers

Óscar Benítez

Benfica have added another talented winger to their collection with the capture of Óscar 'Junior' Benítez. The 23-year old has signed a 5-year contract, and is expected to spend the 2016/17 season on loan at Boca Juniors. The transfer fee has not been disclosed, but is believed to be in the region of €3 million.

Benfica win race for teenage sensation Andrija Živković

After months of speculation, Benfica have announced the signing of 19-year old winger Andrija Živković. The Serbian international joins on a free transfer, following the expiry of his contract with Partizan Belgrade. He has agreed a 5-year deal with the club, which lasts until summer 2021.

Guillermo Celis is Benfica's latest recruit

Benfica have continued their summer recruitment drive with the signing of Colombian international midfielder Guillermo Celis. The 23-year old has put pen to paper on a 5-year contract.

André Carrillo unveiled as a Benfica player

Peruvian winger André Carrillo was officially presented as a Benfica player today. The 25-year old arrives on a free transfer, following the expiration of his contract with cross-town rivals Sporting Lisbon. He has signed a five-year contract.

Jhon Murillo joins Nacional on loan

Benfica's Venezuelan winger Jhon Murillo has signed for Nacional da Madeira on a season-long loan deal. Murillo joined Benfica in May 2015 from Venezuelan club Zamora FC, inking a 5-year contract. He has yet to play a competitive game for the Eagles, having spent his first season in Portugal on loan at Tondela.

Cristante seals loan move to Pescara

Italian midfielder Bryan Cristante has sealed a season-long loan move to Serie A side Pescara. It is the 21-year old’s second spell back in his homeland since he joined Benfica from AC Milan, after he spent the second half of last season on loan at Palermo.

Franco Cervi completes long-awaited arrival

Franco Cervi has given his first extended interview since touching down in Lisbon, speaking exclusively to BTV. The Argentinean arrives at Benfica from Rosario Central, treading an identical path to Ángel di María in 2007.