Benfica accept Valencia offer for Enzo


Benfica have announced via the The Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM) an ultimate offer of EUR 25m from Valencia, and have allowed the player to travel to Spain for medical tests.

The transfer, if successful, will happen on 2nd January 2015 when the transfer window opens.

Valencia are looking to add their third Benfica player this season after André Gomes and Rodrigo's transfer in the summer.

Enzo Pérez exit intensifies

Portuguese press, are once again, widely reporting the imminent exit of World Cup finalist midfielder Enzo Pérez to La Liga, namely, Valencia CF where former Benfica players André Gomes and Rodrigo moved last summer.

Argentines Lisandro López, Nico Gaitán, Franco Jara and Enzo Pérez arrived in Lisbon today to report for training after a 24h delay to their flight. Enzo's agent Juan Pablo Rossi also exited Lisbon airport accompanied with his client.

Point of view: 2014, a year in reflection

Planet Benfica's Chris Santos reviews 2014 roller coaster ride

Out of Europe, out of the cup, unimpressive football so far... but sitting pretty in the Liga.

Rewind to this time last season, and there was little sign of the glory that was to come our way come May, when we lifted all 3 domestic trophies and added a second consecutive Europa League final to boot.

Pedro Mantorras' 2014 summary

Ex-Benfica striker Pedro Mantorras, who now represents the club in its international relations department, gave his 2014 views on Benfica TV.

"We are going through a bad moment, we have many injuries and the squad has been limited. This Christmas break will be important to recover some players."

Before signing for the 'eagles' nearly 15 years ago and helping them to win the 2004/05 title, Mantorras was the star player at the now defunct club Alverca.

Christmas message from the President

Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira left the following festivity message on the official website to all Benfiquistas.

Nélson Oliveira loaned to Swansea until end of season

Nélson Oliveira against Marseille

Sport Lisboa e Benfica have confirmed the loan of 23-year-old striker Nélson Oliveira to welsh club Swansea until the end of season 2014/15.

The Portugal striker will hope for better fortunes in the English Premier League after having featured only twice as a substitute under Jorge Jesus so far this season, in the Portuguese Cup against Sporting de Covilhã and in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen.

Third Party Ownership ban to come into effect

FIFA's announcement to end third party ownership from May 1st 2015 will force changes for Portuguese clubs, especially Benfica.

Benfica began liquidating the Benfica Stars Fund which legally owned a handful amount of players that featured in the first team. The club anticipated FIFA's move and brought the fund to an end by buying all player rights in tranches, which included the likes of Maxi Pereira, Gaitán and Ruben Amorim.

Benfica players visit Hospital D. Estefania

The Benfica Foundation, a charitable initiative, has helped hundreds of disadvantaged children over the years and players from the B and junior sides played their role in visiting the largest paediatric hospital of Portugal 'Hospital Dona Estefania'.

This annual visit saw Rui Fonte (Benfica B forward) and André Ferreira (Junior goalkeeper) visit children at the hospital which brought a lot of smiles.

Benfica handed tough Liverpool test in UEFA Youth League

Despite the senior team not qualifying from the UEFA Champions League Group C, the youth team topped their group with 13 points, three above second placed Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia

In the Round of 16 Benfica were drawn with Liverpool (UK) who finished second behind Real Madrid in Group B.

Benfica's training complex Caixa Futebol Campus will host the one-legged match in mid-February 2015 where the winners will face either Shakthar Donetsk (UKR) or Olympiakos (GRE) in the Quarter-Final.

Benfica must hold on to Enzo

Enzo Pérez has been subject to rife transfer rumours for this January transfer window.

The Argentine was also on the spotlight during the summer where clubs such as Valencia were heavily linked with the midfielder.

Benfica have set a high release fee clause of EUR 30m for the 28 year-old and so far has been keeping clubs at bay.

Enzo was a pivotal member of Jesus' domestic triple last season and is looking to count with the midfielder after January for similar success.