The domestic season is over, and the transfer ‘silly season’ has begun. Read on for a comprehensive summary of all the major transfer rumours involving Benfica from May, both incoming and outgoing.
Ederson has been linked with a big-money move this summer, and with Júlio César signing a two-year contract extension, this speculation has intensified. Manchester City and Inter are favourites for his signature [A Bola, Calcio Mercato, Corriere dello Sport].
The Brazilian would likely start out as backup to Joe Hart or Samir Handanović, especially as the latter has just renewed his contract with Inter. Benfica own just 50% of Ederson's economic rights, with the remainder belonging to Rio Ave and Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes.
If the Brazilian is sold, he could be replaced with 21-year old Miguel Silva of Vitória de Guimarães (pictured below) or 22-year old Rui Silva of Nacional da Madeira [A Bola, ZeroZero].
Eliseu's contract expires on July 1st, and Borussia Dortmund are in the market for a new left-back, with Álex Grimaldo high on their list [A Bola].
Brazilian left-back Marçal, who was loaned out to Gaziantepspor this season, could be on his way to Braga [A Bola].
If Eliseu or Grimaldo were to depart, Benfica could replace them with Empoli's Mário Rui [Record], Werder Bremen's Santiago García (pictured below) [Record, Bild], Colo-Colo's Jean Beausejour [Sapo], or Real Madrid's Fábio Coentrão [AS, A Bola].
After an injury-hit season, Benfica may allow Lisandro López to leave the club. Fiorentina and Lazio are at the front of the queue, and Lisandro's agent has admitted that a move to Italy would be a "good solution" for his client [Sapo, ZeroZero].
Jardel only extended his contract with Benfica in March, but that hasn’t dissuaded Lazio from making enquiries [A Bola, Corriere dello Sport, Calcio Mercato]. The Italians have offered €8 million, but the Eagles are holding out for €12 million [A Bola].
After his outstanding breakthrough season, Victor Lindelöf has entered the thoughts of European giants Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United [A Bola, AS, Mirror].
Branimir Kalaica is a 17-year old central defender who plays for Dinamo's Zagreb's under-19 side. In January, it was announced that he was close to an agreement with Benfica [A Bola, Sapo, ZeroZero], but recent reports from Croatia suggest that Dinamo are still fighting to retain his services, while Hajduk Split have made a late bid to snatch the youngster from their rivals [Sportske Novosti].
Benfica have also been casting an eye over Braga's 23-year old centre-back Ricardo Ferreira, who played for Porto and AC Milan at youth level [Record, O Jogo].
Ljubomir Fejsa is on Fiorentina's radar, but Rui Vitória has asked Luís Filipe Vieira not to sell the player [O Jogo].
With Renato Sanches on his way to Bayern Munich, Benfica are likely to bring in one or two central midfielders before the start of next season. Several defensive midfielders have been linked with the club, including Málaga's Ignacio Camacho [Record, O Jogo], Grêmio's Walace [A Bola], Olympiakos' Luka Milivojević [O Jogo], and Marítimo's Fransérgio [Record].
A more creative alternative would be Boca Juniors' teenage starlet Rodrigo Bentancur [O Jogo, Record].
Valencia's Enzo Pérez has been linked with a return to the Estádio da Luz [Correio da Manhã], but the club have denied the rumours [slbenfica.pt].
Benfica may have secured the first-option on Bayern Munich's Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg as part of the Renato Sanches deal [Record].
Closer to home, Vitória de Setúbal's 19-year old midfielder André Horta is set to join Benfica in July. The deal has been publicly confirmed by Vitória's president Fernando Oliveira, but the Eagles have yet to announce the transfer [O Jogo].
ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS & WINGERS
Nico Gaitán is close to a €25 million move to Atlético Madrid [Marca], and Talisca could join Shanghai Shenhua for a similar fee [ESPN Brasil].
André Carrillo may be offloaded without ever having played for Benfica. The Peruvian winger has been linked with Atlético Madrid and Manchester United [AS, The Sun, Daily Star, Daily Express].
Premier League Champions Leicester City are keen on Mehdi Carcela, and Dutch Champions PSV are also monitoring the Moroccan's situation [A Bola, The Sun].
Boca Juniors are eager to recruit Eduardo Salvio, but the 25-year old wants to sign a new contract and remain at Benfica [ESPN 107.9].
Moroccan misfit Adel Taarabt could be on his way to Galatasaray, having yet to make his first-team debut after a season at Benfica [A Bola, Sapo].
Tiago "Bebé", who has been on loan at Rayo Vallecano, has been interesting Espanyol [AS].
With Gaitán on his way to Spain, Rui Vitória could replace him with Dinamo Zagreb's Marko Pjaca [O Jogo, Record, A Bola], Huracán's Cristian Espinoza [A Bola, ZeroZero], Partizan Belgrade's Andrija Živković [Record], or Braga's Rafa Silva [A Bola]. Benfica have denied that they are in talks with Rafa and Živković [slbenfica.pt], but they have yet to comment on Pjaca or Espinoza. Pjaca's agent has stated that his client deserves to play in a bigger league than the Liga NOS [Calcio Mercato].
Benfica are tracking another of Dinamo Zagreb's attacking midfielders, 19-year old Ante Ćorić [Sapo].
Another name that has been associated with Benfica is Boca Juniors' Nicolás Lodeiro, who has 45 caps and 3 goals for Uruguay [O Jogo].
Diogo Jota, who joins Atlético Madrid this summer, could be loaned to Benfica as part of a deal that would see Gaitán - and possibly Carrillo - move to the Estadio Vicente Calderón [Sapo].
Hélder Costa, who spent the past season on loan at Monaco, will stay in France for another season [O Jogo].
With the permanent signing of Kostas Mitroglou, and Jonas having rejected a move to China [Record], Benfica are already well-stocked in forward areas. That hasn't stopped the media from writing about moves for several South American forwards, including River Plate's Lucas Alario [Record], Palmeiras' Erik [A Bola], and Corinthian's Luciano [TMW].
Another option is Giovanni Simeone, son of Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone, who is currently on loan at Banfield from River Plate [O Jogo, A Bola]. Simeone has scored 10 goals in 12 appearances for Argentina's under-20s, and has been named in his country's preliminary squad for the Olympic Games.
Forgotten man Derley, who scored 5 goals in the Turkish Süper Lig for Kayserispor this season, could be sold to Braga [A Bola].
Uruguayan striker Jonathan Rodríguez could return to his former club Peñarol after a disastrous loan spell at Deportivo la Coruña [O Jogo].