Posted on June 25, 2016 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on June 19, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica have announced the signing of 18-year old Croatian defender Branimir Kalaica. The commanding centre-back arrives from Dinamo Zagreb and has penned a six-year contract.
Posted on June 17, 2016 by david_pritchett
Posted on June 11, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica have sold their 22-year old Uruguayan striker, Jonathan Rodríguez, to Mexican side Santos Laguna.
Rodríguez began his career with Uruguayan giants Peñarol, and caught Benfica's eye by scoring 20 goals in his first 49 games as a professional. The Eagles snapped him up in January 2015, paying around €2 million for 40% of his economic rights. Santos Laguna are rumoured to have paid €3.5 million for the forward, meaning that Benfica will receive €1.4 million and Peñarol stand to earn €2.1 million.
Posted on June 2, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica have announced the signing of 19-year old midfielder André Horta. The Portuguese youngster was born in Almada, just across the river from Lisbon, and spent 8 years at Benfica’s academy, between 2004 and 2012.
Horta has impressed in the Liga NOS at neighbours Vitória de Setúbal, prompting the Benfica hierarchy to bring him back to the club. The move was originally disclosed by Vitória President Fernando Oliveira at the beginning of May, but Benfica elected to wait until the end of the season before unveiling the player. He has signed a 5-year deal.
Posted on May 20, 2016 by david_pritchett
Kostas Mitroglou sealed his €7 million move from Fulham to Benfica on Tuesday, following a successful loan spell at the club this season. After posing for photographs with club president Luís Filipe Vieira, the Greek striker revealed his joy in an interview with BTV.
"I'm very happy. This was my objective. I wanted to come (here) to prove that I was able to help the team, and I'm very happy to stay."
"I had heard many good things [about Benfica], but personally (it has) surpassed my highest expectations. At Benfica, everything is incredible... the team, the fans, everything!"
Posted on May 17, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica have announced the permanent signing of Kostas Mitroglou, on a 4-year contract that runs until 2020. The Greek international spent the entire 2015/16 season on loan at the club from Championship side Fulham. His loan contract included a transfer option that Benfica have now exercised, involving a fee in the region of 7 million Euros.
Posted on May 10, 2016 by david_pritchett
Bayern Munich have today announced the surprise signing of Renato Sanches from Benfica. Following weeks of speculation regarding a summer move to Manchester United, the Bavarians have sensationally beaten their rivals to the signature of the 18-year old midfielder.
Posted on February 3, 2016 by david_pritchett
Peruvian winger André Carrillo will make a sensational summer switch from Sporting Lisbon to Benfica. After a week of fevered speculation, Sporting announced the news on their official website last night. The player nicknamed 'The Snake' has agreed a five-year contract, and will join Benfica on July 1st 2016.
It is alleged that the 24-year old will receive a net annual salary of €2 million, in addition to a €2.5 million signing-on fee. No transfer fee is involved, since Carrillo’s contract with Sporting is set to expire.
Posted on February 2, 2016 by david_pritchett
In his first interview since joining Benfica, teenage striker Luka Jović pinpointed Jonas as the player he is expecting to learn the most from.
"I saw the game [against Moreirense] and think that Benfica played very well. We were able to score four goals, and Jonas stood out… I think that he is a very good player, alongside Nico Gaitán. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to play next to them.”