With just a week to go until the new season kicks off with the Supertaça against Braga, we review the biggest transfer rumours involving Benfica from the past month.

DEFENDERS

18-year old Portuguese full-back Pedro Pereira, currently at Sampdoria, could return to his former club Benfica [Sky Sport]. He played 9 games in Serie A last season.

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is a big admirer of Victor Lindelöf and is reportedly willing to activate his €30 million release clause [TalkSport, The Sun, Bleacher Report, CalcioMercato, A Bola, Record]. Inter, PSG and Roma are also tracking the Swede [Record, TalkSport].

Jardel continues to be linked with a €7 million move to Lazio [Record, CalcioMercato]. Everton may also be interested (HITC).

Lisandro is another Benfica defender that could be heading to Italy. He has admitted that he likes Italian football and that his future is in the hands of Rui Vitória. Fiorentina is his most likely destination [TuttoMercatoWeb].

MIDFIELDERS

Benfica could move for Tottenham's 21-year old Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who has been omitted from their preseason squad [Record].

Fresh from their takeover by Chinese investment group Fosun International, Wolves look likely to sign João Teixeira on a season-long loan [Record]. Teixeira will be the second Benfica player to arrive at Molineux on loan, after Hélder Costa was unveiled last Friday.

Both the Portuguese and English press reported that Talisca was set to join Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool [Express, O Jogo], but later in the month, Wolves emerged as favourites for his signature [CalcioMercato, Express & Star].

Pelé was also on Wolves’ shopping list, but the move collapsed after he underwent surgery on a foot injury [Express & Star].

The Eagles have rejected Fiorentina’s advances for Serbian midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa [ZeroZero].

WINGERS

Despite signing a contract extension in June, Premier League outfit Sunderland are chasing Eduardo Salvio [Record].

Mehdi Carcela has fallen down the pecking order at Benfica and could join Hamburg or Marseille in the coming days [Record, O Jogo, A Bola].

West Brom, Reading, Wolves, PSV and Feyenoord are all keen on Dutch winger Ola John [Record, Express & Star].

Arsenal have sent scouts to monitor Gonçalo Guedes during Benfica’s preseason programme [Metro].

FORWARDS

Orlando City's Canadian striker Cyle Larin is on Benfica’s radar, but Sporting are also in the running [MLSsoccer.com, O Jogo].

Nélson Oliveira has no future at Benfica and could join Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday or Valladolid [Birmingham Mail, Nottingham Post, Sheffield Star, Fichajes.net].

Braga chairman António Salvador has admitted his eagerness to re-sign Rui Fonte [ZeroZero, MaisFutebol].

Barcelona were believed to be preparing a bid for Jonas, but his agent – who is also his brother – played down the rumours [Sapo, ZeroZero, A Bola].

Kostas Mitroglou was on Napoli’s shortlist to succeed Juventus-bound Gonzalo Higuain [Record, ZeroZero], but they eventually opted to sign Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik. Wolfsburg are also monitoring Mitroglou [O Jogo].

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