Đuričić departs for Anderlecht

Filip Đuričić

Serbian midfielder Filip Đuričić has departed Benfica, joining Anderlecht on loan until the end of the season. The Belgian heavyweights currently sit third in the Belgian Pro League, five points behind leaders Gent. Đuričić will wear the number eleven jersey for his new club. Addressing the media, Đuričić revealed his excitement at the prospect of regular first-team football.

“It was my choice. I’m satisfied and this is the most important thing. My priority was to find a club where I had the chance to play, and I think that I have found the best place to do so. My main objective at Anderlecht is to play, win the league and qualify for the Champions League.”




Benfica capture Serbian starlet Ivan Šaponjić

Saponjic

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.




Cristante loaned to Palermo

Cristante

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.




Grimaldo eager to win titles with Benfica

Alex Grimaldo

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."




Benfica secure Pizzi's economic rights

Pizzi

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. 




Grimaldo joins from Barcelona

Grimaldo

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.




Benfica sign hot prospect Franco Cervi

Franco_Cervi

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.




Benfica to loan Jonathan Rodríguez

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.




Benfica sign Jiménez from Atlético Madrid

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".




Mitroglou joins Benfica for 2015/16 season

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."




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