Posted on January 13, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica have made their second signing of the transfer window, once more investing in youth with the acquisition of Ivan Šaponjić. The 18-year old Serbian striker arrives from Partizan Belgrade, and has penned a five-and-a-half-year contract. The fee is in the region of 1.5 million Euros.
Posted on January 10, 2016 by david_pritchett
Bryan Cristante has joined Palermo on loan until the end of the season. The 20-year old will wear the number 24 shirt for his new club, and could make his debut against Verona on Sunday. Palermo have an option to acquire the midfielder permanently in the summer, although the fee has not been disclosed.
Posted on January 2, 2016 by david_pritchett
Alex Grimaldo was unveiled as a Benfica player on Tuesday, becoming their first signing of the winter transfer window. After passing his medical and penning his new contract, the young Spaniard spoke to Benfica TV about his move.
"They told me that Benfica wanted to sign me in the winter transfer window and I'm very content. It is a great club. To come to this club is always very special... it is very special! It is a very big opportunity to be at one of the best clubs in the world, where I can win titles."
Posted on January 1, 2016 by david_pritchett
Following the signing of Alex Grimaldo from Barcelona, Benfica have moved to secure full ownership of attacking midfielder Pizzi. Benfica have paid 8 million Euros to acquire the remaining 50% of his economic rights from former club Atlético Madrid.
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."