With the transfer window drawing to a close, we review the most plausible transfer rumours surrounding Benfica. In the second of this two-part feature, we examine the players that could depart the Estádio da Luz.
Filip Đuričić has barely featured under Rui Vitória, and was banished from the first-team after his much-publicised spat with Rui Costa. The Serb has since apologised and returned to the squad, but still looks likely to depart the club, with Anderlecht and PAOK the front-runners for his signature (A Bola, Record).
Championship side Middlesborough are interested in signing Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelöf on loan until the end of the season. Talks were reportedly so far advanced that ‘Boro were surprised at his appearance against Oriental on Tuesday. Real Valladolid are also monitoring the situation (Gazette).
Midfielder Adel Taarabt signed a 5-year contract with Benfica in the summer, but has yet to appear for the first-team. Nonetheless, he has generated plenty of headlines with his weight issues, missed curfews and poor performances for Benfica B.
Unsurprisingly, the Moroccan is already plotting his next move. Asked whether he would leave Benfica, he replied: "I think so. They pay me very well and I’m not playing. So I think they are prepared to negotiate. I don't care about the destination. I'm 26 and I'm still young. I just want to play and fight for the Champions League". Benfica would be happy to offload Taarabt for just 3 million Euros, and Galatasaray may be willing to offer him a lifeline (IVM.it, Fanatik, Record).
Lisandro López has been persistently linked with Fiorentina in recent months, with Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa said to be a big admirer of the Argentine defender. A fee of 8 million Euros has been mooted, but with Luisão out injured, Benfica are reluctant to let him go (O Jogo).
Talisca has found his playing time limited this season, and has been linked with loan moves to West Ham in England, and Cruzeiro, Corinthians and Flamengo in Brazil. According to sources within the club, Benfica have no intention of parting with the Brazilian midfielder (Record).
Finally, Kostas Mitroglou will remain with Benfica until the end of the season. Four clubs are thought to have approached Fulham with a view to signing the Greek striker on a permanent basis this January, but the proposals were rebuffed by the player and his agent. The unnamed teams include two from the Premier League, one from Turkey, and one from Saudi Arabia (Record).