Franco Cervi completes long-awaited arrival

Franco Cervi has given his first extended interview since touching down in Lisbon, speaking exclusively to BTV. The Argentinean arrives at Benfica from Rosario Central, treading an identical path to Ángel di María in 2007.




Opinion: Should Benfica resist Olympic call-ups?

The club versus country debate has always been a source of controversy in football, and it is particularly pertinent this summer, as up to seven Benfica players could be selected for the Olympic Games in Brazil. The men’s tournament runs from August 4th to 20th, coinciding with the first three competitive fixtures of the 2016/17 season. According to Goal.com’s Bruno Andrade, Benfica are considering blocking all of their players from participating in the tournament. But is that fair? David Pritchett and Jordan Russell discuss both sides of the debate.




Scout Report: Matías Kranevitter

Following rumoured interest in Rodrigo Bentancur, Ignacio Camacho, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Walace, Benfica continue to be linked with a plethora of central midfielders. The latest name in the newspapers is Atlético Madrid’s Matías Kranevitter. We learn more about the 23-year old Argentinean from Jordan Russell of Futebol Planeta.




End of Term Report: Wingers

In the penultimate instalment of our player-by-player season review, we take a look at the 8 wingers fielded by Rui Vitória in his first season as Benfica coach.




Benfica capture Croatian starlet Branimir Kalaica

Benfica have announced the signing of 18-year old Croatian defender Branimir Kalaica. The commanding centre-back arrives from Dinamo Zagreb and has penned a six-year contract.




Gaitán edges closer to Atlético Madrid move

Benfica and Atlético Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of Nico Gaitán. The deal was announced on the Spanish club's official website earlier this evening, and was rapidly confirmed by Benfica. The fee, as rumoured, will be €25 million.




Salvio extends contract until 2019

Eduardo ‘Toto’ Salvio has committed his future to Benfica, signing a new contract that ties him to the club until the summer of 2019. The Argentinean’s existing deal was set to expire in 2017, and he was said to be interesting Boca Juniors, but he has made no secret of his desire to remain in Lisbon.




Benfica sell Jonathan Rodríguez to Santos Laguna

Benfica have sold their 22-year old Uruguayan striker, Jonathan Rodríguez, to Mexican side Santos Laguna.

Rodríguez began his career with Uruguayan giants Peñarol, and caught Benfica's eye by scoring 20 goals in his first 49 games as a professional. The Eagles snapped him up in January 2015, paying around €2 million for 40% of his economic rights. Santos Laguna are rumoured to have paid €3.5 million for the forward, meaning that Benfica will receive €1.4 million and Peñarol stand to earn €2.1 million.




Scout Report: Santiago García

Eliseu’s contract expires at the end of this month, and although the press have speculated that his contract has been automatically renewed, there has been no confirmation from the player or the club. If Eliseu departs this summer, he could be replaced by Empoli’s Mário Rui, or Werder Bremen’s Santiago García. We learn more about the latter from Niklas Wildhagen of Bundesliga Fanatic.




International Roundup: Copa América begins and Euro 2016 beckons

On the eve of the opening game of Euro 2016, we take a look at which Benfica players were in international action over the past fortnight.




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