João Carvalho

Besides the lucrative sales of Gonçalo Guedes and Hélder Costa, the signings of Filipe Augusto and Pedro Pereira, and the departure of Adel Taarabt to Genoa, there was plenty more transfer activity at Benfica during January. The majority of these transactions were outgoing loan deals. In the first of this two-part feature, we look at the Portuguese players that have found new clubs.

JOÃO TEIXEIRA

Portuguese midfielder Teixeira has cut short his loan spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and moved on loan to their Championship rivals Nottingham Forest, where he joins another Benfica loanee, Hildeberto Pereira. The 22-year old was initially a regular under Wolves manager Walter Zenga, but was deemed surplus to requirements by Paul Lambert, who replaced Zenga in November. Teixeira made 20 appearances during his short stay at Molineux, contributing two goals and two assists. Nottingham Forest sit 15th in the Championship, one point above Wolves, and eight above the relegation zone. Teixeira will remain at Forest until the end of the current season.

JOÃO CARVALHO

The gifted attacking midfielder has been in sparkling form for Benfica B this season, scoring six goals in 19 Segunda Liga matches. Still only 19, he has already established himself in Rui Jorge's Portugal under-21 side, scoring two goals in his first five appearances. Carvalho will now continue his development on loan at Vitória Setúbal, where he will get his first taste of top-flight football. He will stay at the Estádio do Bonfim until the summer, where he should feel right at home alongside fellow Benfica youth products Bruno Varela, Fábio Cardoso and Nuno Santos.

PELÉ

The powerful defensíve midfielder is looking to get his career back on track after six months on the sidelines. A former Portuguese youth international, Pelé was close to joining Wolverhampton Wanderers on a permanent basis last summer, but the move was scuppered when he was forced to undergo surgery on a broken foot. A temporary switch to Nottingham Forest was mooted this January, before the 25-year old eventually joined Feirense on loan until the end of the season. Benfica signed Pelé from AC Milan in 2015, and immediately loaned him out to Paços de Ferreira.

GILSON COSTA

The São Tomé-born Portugal under-20 international has joined Arouca on loan for the remainder of the season. A robust defensive midfielder, Gilson has made 40 appearances for Benfica B since August 2015, but has featured sparingly this campaign, starting just five games in the Segunda Liga. The 20-year old has found his opportunities limited by the superb form of Pedro "Pêpê" Rodrigues, who has started all 25 league games this season, and has only been substituted once. Gilson will hope for more regular football at Arouca, who occupy tenth place in the Liga NOS.

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