With the new season less than a month away, we take a look at the biggest transfer rumours of the past five weeks, excluding those transfers that have already been completed.
Benfica released an official statement denying any interest in Lanús’ Paraguayan centre-back Gustavo Gómez [slbenfica.pt].
Barcelona’s Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen was associated with Benfica before the club moved to quell the speculation [slbenfica.pt].
Ex-Benfica star Fábio Coentrão continues to be linked with a return to the club [Jornal de Notícias].
Lazio want to sign Jardel for €6.5 million [Italian Football Daily], and Juventus are also in the running [Tuttomercatoweb].
Victor Lindelöf is one of four centre-backs that AC Milan are targeting to strengthen their backline [SkySports].
Ferencváros’ Hungarian international midfielder Ádám Nagy is on Benfica’s radar. The 21-year old has stated that “it would be an honour to succeed Renato Sanches”. The Eagles are competing with Leiceister City, Marseille and Bologna. [Record, A Bola, O Jogo, Sky Itália].
Benfica are ready to offer €9 million for Boca Juniors’ midfield starlet Rodrigo Bentancur [O Jogo].
Juventus’ 31-year old Brazilian international midfielder Hernanes is available for €7-8 million, which may be tempting for Rui Vitória [Record].
The Portuguese champions are going after 15-year old Turkish wonderkid Serkan Bakan, who has already made his debut for the Gaziantepspor first team [MaisFutebol].
Benfica were linked with Marítimo’s 25-year old Brazilian defensive midfielder Franségio [Record] and Anderlecht’s 19-year old central midfielder Samuel Bastien [O Jogo, A Bola, Record], but the club have since rejected both rumours [slbenfica.pt].
Fiorentina’s 22-year old Montenegrin international midfielder Marko Bakic, who spent last season on loan at Belenenses, could join Benfica [A Bola].
Atlético Madrid’s Argentinean midfielder Matías Kranevitter could be set to join Benfica on a season-long loan deal [Goal.com].
The Portuguese press continue to speculate on a return for Enzo Pérez [Jornal de Notícias], despite a prior denial by the club [slbenfica.pt].
Benfica dismissed a pursuit for River Plate’s attacking midfielder Tomás Martinez, shortly before he signed for Braga [slbenfica.pt].
Talisca is close to signing for either Shanghai Shenhua or Liverpool for close to €25 million [A Bola, O Jogo, Express].
Benfica are looking to close a deal to sign 21-year old Aldosivi winger Santiago Rosales for €2 million [Record].
A loan move could be on the cards for another Argentinean international from Atlético Madrid, 21-year old winger or second striker Ángel Correa [Goal.com].
Benfica could sign South African starlet Liam Jordan from Bidvest Wits once he turns 18 this summer [Soccerladuma].
O Glorioso were said to be tracking 22-year old Fluminense winger Gustavo Scarpa [SambaFoot], but this was denied in an official statement [slbenfica.pt].
Benfica and FC Porto have not given up on Braga winger Rafa [A Bola], despite the club’s assertion to the contrary [slbenfica.pt].
Eduardo Salvio could move to Fenerbahce to replace Nani, who has moved to Valencia [O Jogo].
Fiorentina may sign André Carrillo before he has played a single competitive game for Benfica [ZeroZero].
Wolverhampton Wanderers could move for winger Hélder Costa and defensive midfielder Pelé once they have been taken over by Chinese investors [TalkSport].
Leicester City and PSV are chasing Benfica winger Mehdi Carcela [TribalFootball].
Tiago ‘Bebé’ could remain in Spain by signing for La Liga outfit Eibar [Fichajes.net].
Benfica were reported to be in the hunt for River Plate forward Giovanni Simeone, son of Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone [@DiMarzio; CalcioMercato], but Benfica released a statement pouring cold water on the rumours [slbenfica.pt].
SLB joined Juventus, AC Milan and Napoli in the race to sign Pescara forward Gianluca Lapadula [O Jogo], but the 26-year old opted to join Milan.
Benfica refuted suggestions that they were set to sign striker Sardar Azmoun, an Iranian striker who currently plies his trade in the Russian Premier League [slbenfica.pt].
Sheffield Wednesday’s Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal wants to sign Benfica forward Nélson Oliveira on loan [A Bola].