Manchester United need to pay €20m to land Benfica's Nico Gaitan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's interest in Benfica's winger Nico Gaitan is nothing new. The Red Devils have had registered their interest quite a number of times and there are numerous reports in Portugal press that suggest the interest hasn't died down yet.
Nemanja Matić is best remembered in England as being a virtually anonymous Chelsea midfielder who was quickly moved out on loan to Vitesse and then sold to Benfica as part of the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
But since moving to Portugal, Matić has become remarkably influential in midfield, showing great tactical flexibility and poise on the ball.
£20m Midfielder on Man Utd's radar, £40m Chelsea Star wanted by European giants - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Only yesterday we reported that Manchester United scouts were in Portugal to watch Benfica in action and now Daily Mirror today claims that the Red Devils are eyeing a move for one of Benfica's precious talent, Nemanja Matic.
Manchester United watched €80m Benfica trio yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There is a common consensus among the English press is that Manchester United will invest heavily in the January transfer window. The summer transfer window didn't go according to plans hence, David Moyes will be looking to make amends in the winter transfer window.
Benitez Eyes Move for €27m Chelsea and Manchester United target Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Napoli are showing great interest in Benfica star Nemanja Matic and according to reports from Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Rafael Benitez is ready to move heaven and earth to land the skillful Serbian international.
Chelsea have seen a large amount of young players come and go in the ten years that had uneventful careers in the ranks for the Blues but have gone on to be major successes.
One of those youngsters is Nemanja Matic. The now 25-year-old had two years in London where he made two senior appearances for the club and spent the 2010-11 season on loan to Dutch side Vitesse before being sold to Benfica as part of the package that took defender David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
Man Utd Plotting Serious €80M January Benfica Trio Raid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After enduring one of the worst transfer windows in recent history, there is hardly any doubt that David Moyes, the Manchester United manager, will be spending big in order to his prove his doubters wrong, stamp own authority and bid a strong challenge for the Premier League title as well.
Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay says his move to Manchester United was blocked by new manager David Moyes. The Argentina international has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford. And the 27-year-old believes the deal was finally coming to fruition until Moyes was appointed. He thinks the former Everton boss was not prepared to [.
REVEALED Moyes blocked the move for £18m world class Ezequiel Garay - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United were heavily interested in Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay in the summer but the deal never materialized in the end.
It had been reported in the media that United were looking to add a world class defender as they look to find a long term replacement of ageing Rio Ferdinand while the future of skipper Nemanja Vidic was speculated as well.
One of Manchester United's targets this summer revealed that he was set to join the club, but the appointment of David Moyes scuppered a deal that was as good as done.
Benfica's centre-back Ezequiel Garay claimed that he was set to join United for a fee believed to be around the £18m mark this summer, until David Moyes refused to match the Portuguese club's asking price, deeming the Argentinian defender as too expensive.
Teenage Benfica attacker Ivan Cavaleiro has played down rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United, insisting he is concentrating on holding a regular spot with the Portuguese side. The 19-year-old is reported to be a transfer target for David Moyes, who had been admiring the Portuguese youth international even before he took over [.
Champions League Preview: City and United face a tough test of character - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are all in action on Matchday 2 of the Champions League on Wednesday. The focus will be on the game at the Etihad Stadium, as City host defending champions Bayern in what promises to be an absolutely thrilling encounter.
Four Four Two magazine just released their list of the top 20 greatest club sides ever. To help take a walk down memory lane, or to revisit these wonderful teams, we've incorporated video footage of each club.
Here's our guide to bring you up-to-date with some of the most successful teams in world history.
Champions League Review: Rooney and Ronaldo star on Matchday 1 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The biggest competition in European football is back in town, as the UEFA Champions League campaign kicked off on Tuesday night with several big names in action. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and PSG all ran out comfortable winners and got their UEFA Champions League seasons off to the perfect start.
Our friends over at Four-Four-Two have drawn up list of what they believe to be the top 20 greatest club sides of all time. In the list includes the usual suspects and elites of world football from South America to Europe's finest and the years in which they excelled enough to allow them to considered [.
Can David Luiz become the next Ricardo Carvalho of Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The future of David Luiz has been well speculated in the media. The Brazilian has been linked with several European heavy weights like PSG, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, amid suggestions that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho harbours doubt over his defensive pedigree and could be looking to cash in on the player.
Benfica's Ruben Amorim looks to be out up to six weeks after sustaining an injury in Saturdays Taca de Portugal encounter with Sporting. The 28 year old midfielder suffered a partial rupture of the internal lateral ligament in his right knee. Amorim looks to be out until Christmas and will miss some important games for Benfica.
The 2013/14 season is officially under way in Portugal and PSNL take a look at all clubs key additions and departures and what we can expect. FC Porto- The defending champs are already out of the gate with a flying start winning three in a row, former Pacos Ferreira coach Paulo Fonseca has the team in form early and this could spell trouble for the other clubs in Portugal.
Reports suggest Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea will go head to head in a transfer battle for Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic during the January transfer window. According to the Express, Real Madrid are also interested in the Serbian international who used to play for Chelsea before being sent to Portugal as part of a deal for David Luiz.
Liverpool's bid to sign Benfica defender Lorenzo Melgarejo has fallen through due to problems over a work permit, according to talkSPORT. The 22-year-old Paraguayan was expected to be the latest addition to Brendan Rodgers' squad at Anfield, but the move has collapsed after he failed to secure a work permit to play in England.
Liverpool is ready to abandon their pursuit of Benfica full back Lorenzo Melgarejo and instead focus their attention on Valencia's Aly Cissokho as Brendan Rodgers aims to strengthen the left hand side of his defence. Rodgers is still keen to add to his squad ahead of the new season and has identified left back as a position he needs additional cover in, with Spaniard Jose Enrique currently the club's only option in that area of the pitch.
Liverpool have completed the signing of Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo on a season-long loan, with the possibility of making it a permanent transfer once the loan finishes. 22-year-old Melgarejo will act as competition for Jose Enrique having had a successful first season with Benfica, starting in all 34 of his appearances.
Liverpool Football Club have agreed a loan deal in principle with Benfica for defenderLorenzo Melgarejo, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper.
The 22-year-old left back will move to Liverpool on a season-long loan pending approval of his work permit application. The Paraguayan looks set to play for Liverpool after the Reds have been chasing the signing of Valencia left backAly Cissokho.
According to Eurosport, Benfica coach Jorge Jesus (the Sandi Toksvig of the managerial world) may be staring down the barrel of a three-year YEAR! ban for forcibly fending off security guards and police who were trying to pin down a pitch-invading fan at the end of Benfica's1-0 win at Vitoria Guimaeres on Sunday.
Benfica vs PSG 2013 Champions League 2-1 Highlights Cavani Lima penalty Gaitan Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
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The need for Arsenal to sign a proper combative midfielder, which Gooners and fooyball experta alike have been banging on about for ages, does not seem so desperate anymore. Not only has Aaron Ramsey rediscovered his confidence and hit a rich vein of form in the box-to-box role, but Mathieu Flamini has added real steel [.
Deano's not crying; his eyes are just sweating heavily
Former Doncaster, Sheffield United, Leeds, Benfica, Middlesbrough, Leicester, West Ham, Sunderland and Perth Glory striker Brian Deane was so overcome with emotion that he locked himself in the toilet after watchingSarpsborg 08 successfully manage to consolidate their place in the top tier of Norwegian football on Sunday afternoon.
"Don't you know who I am?" Toronto FC does a lot of dumbass things in the name of faux promotion and manufactured tradition. Few however seem as forced and bludgeoned (despite being met with deafening apathy) as the pre-match introduction of Bitchy the Hawk. Like promoting Toronto FC as a "Bargain Harold's Benfica" fans are expected to go all goosepimply as a middle-aged dude in khakis escorts the bird halfway to midfield.
Tottenham and Southampton are battling for the £15m signing of Roma star Pablo Osvaldo. The Saints have had an offer accepted, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, while The Sun claims that Spurs are preparing to launch a bid at the same level. Fulham and Portuguese side Benfica have also been linked with a [.
Napoli vs Benfica 2013 Highlights Friendly 2-1 Higuain Behrami Luisao Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Napoli vs Benfica 2013 Highlights Friendly 2-1 Higuain Behrami Luisao Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Napoli vs Benfica 2013 ( SSC Napoli SLB VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Napoli vs Benfica 2-1 ( Higuain, Behrami/ Luisao) Pre-season friendly- 9 August, 2013- Friday Gonzalo Higuain scores his [.