João Cancelo joins Valencia on a permanent deal

Benfica and Valencia have reached an agreement for right-back João Cancelo. The Portuguese player, who will be 21 on May 27th, spent this season on loan with the Spanish club who have now made his contract permanent on a six-year deal until end of June 2021. The transfer fee was undisclosed.

Source en.valenciacf.com




Gonçalo Guedes renews until 2021

Benfica's youth hope Gonçalo Guedes has renewed with the club until the end of the 2021 season, with a €60m release fee clause stamped on his contract.

Guedes, 18, has been with Benfica since 2006 and has played at all youth levels until reaching Jorge Jesus' senior squad, making his senior debut against Sporting da Covilhã in the Portuguese Cup before appearing a handful of times in the domestic league.

"It's a great sentiment and I feel really proud. I would like to thank my dad and the Benfica president for all the support. This is a huge step in my career."




Gattuso applauds Cristante Benfica move

Cristante's move from AC Milan to Benfica in the summer caused shockwaves in the northern Italian city. The youngster was touted as one for the future for the 'rossoneri' squad.

Former Milan and Italy player Gennaro Gattuso gave his views to Portuguese paper A Bola and whilst applauding the midfielder's courage, he criticised his former club of not being able to hold on to him.

"It's difficult for a youngster to affirm himself in a team like Milan. It was important for him to have more experience in the Seria A before moving.




January transfer window summary

January transfer window verdict by Chris Santos

The transfer window is a curious thing for a Benfica fan. You can never fully predict what you get, no matter who you are or how much money you have. But these days it's come to mean one thing for certain. One, or possibly more, of our best players will be leaving. Take a look at the players who have been and gone in the era of Jorge Jesus and you have one hell of a team. If we weren't forced to sell, we could be challenging the big boys in the Champions League. Sadly, that is the stuff of dreams for now.




January player exodus continues

Both Benfica and Greek side Olympiacos have confirmed the transfer of Argentine forward Franco Jara from Lisbon to Athens on an undisclosed fee.

The transfer of the 26-year-old to Benfica was confirmed on January 2010 shortly after his first appearance for the national team on a 5 year deal from Arsenal de Sarandí (ARG). The player joined at the start of season 2010/11 but never cemented his place in the starting line-up and was eventually loaned to promoted La Liga side Granada (ESP) the following year. 




Bernardo Silva makes permanent move to Monaco

One of Benfica's top prospects from the Seixal football academy Bernardo Silva has made his loan move to AS Monaco permanent.

The Portuguese midfielder was loaned to French side Monaco in the summer and was supposed to return according to Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira, who made a u-turn on his word and sold fan favourite Bernando for EUR €15.75m.

Bernardo's EUR 30m clause is thought to not have been met however the sale was authorised by the club. 




Benfica shut up shop: No more signings expected

Benfica have communicated on their official website that the club is no longer looking to sign players this January 2015 window.

Apart from pending enquiries with Jonathan Rodríguez, the Uruguayan centre forward who plays in Peñarol, Benfica have shut up shop after confirming German midfielder Hany Mukhtar yesterday.




Hany Mukhtar confirmed at Benfica

German player Hany Mukhtar has now been confirmed by SL Benfica. 

The youngster played his whole youth career at Hertha Berlin and now joins the Lisbon side from the German capital, signing a 5 year contract until 2020.




January 2015 Transfer Window so far...

Transfer views from Planet Benfica's Chris Santos

Enzo who? The sale in early January of one of the latest midfield pearls from Jorge Jesus' production line had threatened to put a dent into Benfica's title credentials, but two solid 3-0 victories in the first two games of the post Enzo Benfica mean we continue with our eyes firmly on lifting the bi campeonato.




Bebé joins Córdoba CF on loan

Tiago Manuel Dias Correira, known as Bebé to those outside Benfica, has been loaned out by the club to Spanish side Córdoba CF until the end of the season.




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