Posted on December 29, 2015 by david_pritchett
Benfica today announced the signing of Spanish youth international Alejandro 'Alex' Grimaldo from Barcelona. With the young full-back's contract set to expire in the summer, Benfica were able to acquire his services for just 1.5 million Euros. Grimaldo has been contracted until 2021, with Barcelona entitled to an undisclosed percentage of any future sale. He will wear the number 3 shirt.
Posted on September 15, 2015 by david_pritchett
Benfica yesterday announced the signing of talented Argentinean youngster Franco Cervi. The 21 year old joins from Rosario Central, the same club from which Benfica signed Ángel Di María in July 2007.
Like Di María, Cervi can be deployed on either flank or behind a central striker, but typically operates on the left wing. Standing at just 5'7", Cervi is a pacy and direct player with a low centre of gravity and impressive dribbling ability.
Posted on August 21, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Benfica have reached an initial agreement with Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña to loan Jonathan Rodríguez for the season according to the Spanish club's official website.
The striker arrived last season from Uruguay and made an immediate impact for the Benfica B side, earning him a promotion to the senior squad that saw him play a handful of pre-season games.
Posted on August 13, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Benfica confirmed the signing of 24-year-old Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez until season 2020 for an undisclosed fee.
The 38 time capped Mexico international joins Greek striker Konstantinos Mitroglou as the latest face added to Rui Vitória's squad.
Jiménez began his senior career in his home country with Club América before moving to Spain with Atlético Madrid on a six-year deal. His venture across the border lasted just the one season and ended with the sole goal against Sevilla.
The striker is hoping to reignite his European dream with Benfica and in declarations to BTV he aimed to "fight for the starting line-up".
Posted on August 6, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Greek forward Konstantinos Mitroglou has signed for a season long loan from English side Fulham FC.
The 27 year-old is a former colleague of Samaris and Fesja at Olympiakos and is delighted to have the opportunity to play at the Estádio da Luz.
"Benfica is a very big club, I really liked it when I played here 2 years ago. The fans are incredible and the eagle stayed in my memory."
"I didn't think twice to sign when this opportunity came by and I knew where I was heading immediately."
Posted on July 30, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Sport Lisboa e Benfica have reached a deal to sign Bilal Ould-Chikh from FC Twente.
The youngster, who just turned 18 two days ago, arrived in Lisbon today and is eager to learn and grow at Benfica.
Speaking to BTV, the Dutch u-19 international had only positives to say about the club.
"I know that Benfica is a huge team with great players, champions of Portugal, and regularly play in the Champions League."
"It's a dream come true for a youngster like me to play in this stadium. I'm here to learn with experienced players that have technical quality."
Posted on July 24, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Benfica striker Rodrigo Lima will represent the United Arab Emirates club for the next 2 seasons.
The Brazilian was a back-to-back champion for Benfica and has decided to earn his last big contract in the middle east for Al-Ahli in Dubai.
Posted on July 22, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Malaga CF midfielder Fernando Tissone is pointed towards Benfica by Italian media, however, the Lisbon side have dismissed the rumour and confirmed they are not pursuing the player.
The rumour was generated without any fundamental sources and quoted by the Portuguese press without questioning its validity.
The statement can be read here (in portuguese).
Posted on July 22, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Benfica have confirmed that defender Sidnei has extended his loan with Deportivo de Coruña and will continue in the La Liga side. The Brazilian has been on Benfica's books since 2008 making over 45 league appearances, but has been deemed surplus to requirements on many occasions, featuring in Espanyol and Besiktas in loan moves too.
Derley, who signed from Marítimo last season, has also been confirmed with a loan move to Turkish side Kayeserispor for a season, accompanied by colleague Diego Lopes who returned to Benfica after 2 seasons with Rio Ave.
Posted on July 7, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Nico Gaitán is the subject of much speculation in European football as Benfica look to continue their traditional selling spree of important players every summer to balance the books.
The Argentine seems to be the next target by both club and European powerhouses.
A Portuguese paper A Bola report that a deal with Madrid side Atlético is far from complete and perhaps further away than it has been after Benfica rejected to negotiate below the transfer release clause, fixed at €35m.