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2019 06 17 Retrieve

[Benfica have vehemently denied reports claiming Atletico Madrid are on the brink of signing teenager Joao Felix] view of the set of news published in these last hours, Sport Lisboa e Benfica clarifies that it is false that any negotiation process is currently under way regarding a possible transfer of player Joao Felix. The conditions for its negotiation are public and known, taking into account the termination clause defined in the amount of 120 million euros.

[Benfica have also angrily denied reports emanating from the Portuguese media claiming that agent Jorge Mendes would profit from the deal] More serious, and that deserves our most vehement repudiation and denial, is the false news that refers to negotiations that involve commissions of 30% and which, unfortunately, was echoed in Portugal by the newspaper A Bola, with intentions and goals that we do not know at all. We repeat: this information is totally false, absurd and has clear intentions for the reputation and dignity of Benfica.

: 2019 06 22 Benfica intend to tie in-demand midfielder Florentino Luis to a new contract when he returns for the pre-season programme on July 1 in an effort to stave off interest this summer

: 2019 06 26 Benfica have confirmed that a €126 million bid has been made for star forward Joao Felix by Atletico Madrid.

: 2019 06 27 Joao Felix will sign a five-year contract worth €3.5 million per season with Atletico Madrid if Benfica accept the Spanish side’s €126 million bid

: 2019 07 02 Florentino Luis has signed a new contract with Benfica, which doubles his release clause from €60 million to €120m. The highly-regarded defensive midfielder had emerged as a summer transfer target for Man City and PSG.

: 2019 07 03 Atletico Madrid chose to announce the signing of Benfica starlet Joao Felix on Wednesday in a very particular way. Atletico took the former Benfica forward to the National Museum of the Prado, located in Madrid, and recorded a video in which the footballer and art are both central figures

: 2019 07 04 Benfica have completed the signing of Raul de Tomas from La Liga giants Real Madrid for €20 million

: 2019 07 11 Atletico Madrid have signed Serbia Under-21 striker Ivan Saponjic from Benfica on a three-year contract

2019 07 18 Retrieve

[Benfica have confirmed that they will not be completing the signing of Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin in the current transfer window due to a failed medical] Benfica inform that during the undertaking of the medical today [Thursday], it was concluded that goalkeeper Mattia Perin will have a longer recovery period than initially expected, close to four months.

There is an agreement between the clubs and the player’s agent for Mattia Perin’s recuperation to be carried out at Juventus and, once that stage is concluded, for the player’s transfer to be finalised as previously agreed between all parties

2019 10 04 Retrieve

[Benfica have defended their former player Bernardo Silva after the Manchester City star faced criticism for a racially insensitive tweet he sent to team-mate Benjamin Mendy] Bernardo Silva is a young man who always been distinguished for his simplicity, his character and his good upbringing. Wherever he goes, he is always missed and always ensures that the managers and team-mates who deal with him are unanimous in complimenting his happy and spontaneous nature. In Benfica, we are enormously proud of you, Bernardo! Turning a simple joke between two team-mates and friends into a tweet with racist intent and opening a misconduct charge demonstrates and signals a disease of our times

2020 01 08 Retrieve

[Benfica fan honours pledge to run 1km in the nude after Weigl signing] Hello Portugal, my name is Duarte Mendes and as you know, on December 17 I wrote on Twitter ‘If Weigl comes to Benfica I run 1km naked’. Today, I’m here to do that. God forgives, but Julian doesn’t

[Mendes said after the run] I’m tired but very, very happy because the goal was accomplished. My promise was kept and now it’s time to enjoy the moment. This feeling is incredible. To Weigl: I love you. I hope you have lots of success in Benfica. If possible a Benfica kit signed by you and a big hug to you

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Porto president Pinto da Costa and Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira are among those reported to be involved in the investigation as well] Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Futebol SAD and its Chairman of the Board of Directors confirm the search this morning for their facilities, reaffirming their total availability, as always, to collaborate with the authorities in clarifying all issues that may arise be raised under this or any other process

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Weigl and Zivkovic hospitalised after Benfica bus stoned on Portuguese motorway] Benfica repudiates and regrets the criminal stoning that the players’ bus suffered, when it was heading to the Seixal Training Centre [Benfica’s training headquarters], at the end of the game against Tondela, held on Thursday night at the Estadio da Luz. We inform that, as a matter of precaution, players Julian Weigl and Zivkovic were immediately taken to Hospital da Luz to be observed, following the shrapnel that hit them. Benfica guarantees full collaboration with the authorities, to whom it calls for the greatest effort to be made, in order to identify the offenders responsible for these criminal acts