Pedro Pereira happy to complete his homecoming

Pedro Pereira

Benfica have strengthened their defence with the capture of Sampdoria right-back Pedro Pereira. The 19-year old returns to his former club after a season-and-a-half in Italy. Serbian midfielder Filip Đuričić has moved in the opposite direction as part of the transfer, turning his loan into a permanent deal. The Eagles are thought to have parted with €3 million plus Đuričić to bring Pereira back home. He will wear the number 23 jersey.




Highlights: Vitória de Setúbal 1 - 0 Benfica




Wolves smash transfer record to recruit Hélder Costa

Hélder Costa

Benfica have completed their second major sale of the January transfer window, with the departure of Hélder Costa to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers. The dynamic winger has been on loan at Molineux since the start of the current season, and Wolves have opted to make his signing permanent by exercising their €15 million transfer option.




Squad List: Vitória de Setúbal x Benfica

Ljubomir Fejsa and Kostas Mitroglou are fit enough to take their places in Benfica's preliminary squad for the league clash with Vitória de Setúbal.

Eduardo Salvio is unavailable with a sprained ankle. Lisandro López is out injured after clattering into the post against Moreirense in midweek. Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and André Horta (ribs) are sidelined.

Monday's game at the Estádio do Bonfim kicks off at 20:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida, Hermes and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Celis

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Jović




Vitória laments poor finishing and lack of focus

Rui Vitória

The second semi-final match of the 2016/17 Portuguese League Cup finished with a surprising 3-1 victory for Moreirense at the Estádio Algarve, with the Northern minnows beating Benfica for the first time in their history to reach the final of the competition. The Encarnados reached half-time with a 1-0 lead but had a disastrous second half, conceding three goals and hitting the post on a couple of occasions in the pouring rain.




Highlights: Moreirense 3 - 1 Benfica




Guedes clinches Paris Saint-Germain transfer

Gonçalo Guedes

Gonçalo Guedes has sealed his big-money move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The 20-year old forward arrived in the French capital on Tuesday evening, before passing his medical on Wednesday morning. He has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, which ties him to Les Parisiens until June 30th 2021.




Vitória rejects favourites tag ahead of League Cup clash

Rui Vitória

Benfica have travelled to the Algarve to compete in the 'Final Four' of the Taça CTT. In the competition's new format, both semi-finals will be played at the neutral Estádio Algarve this week, with the final set to follow at the same stadium on Sunday evening. If Benfica can overcome Moreirense on Thursday night, they will face either Braga or Vitória de Setúbal in the tournament's decider.




Squad List: Moreirense x Benfica

Rui Vitória has taken 22 players to the Algarve for the semi-final of the League Cup.

Kostas Mitroglou (fatigue) misses out, along with Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), André Horta (ribs) and Ljubomir Fejsa (thigh). Marcelo Hermes has been called up for the first time, while Eliseu and Raúl both return. Luka Jović has been promoted from Benfica B to provide backup to Raúl and Jonas.

The action at the Estádio Algarve begins at 20:45 on Thursday night.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelof, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida, Hermes and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Celis

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Jović




Pizzi and Ederson ink contract extensions

Pizzi

Pizzi and Ederson have reaffirmed their commitment to Benfica by signing new deals with the club. The Portuguese midfielder, 27, has extended his contract until 2022, and the Brazilian goalkeeper, 23, has renewed until 2023. Pizzi's minimum fee release clause has been increased to €45 million, while Ederson's is now €60 million.




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