Lisbon - Attacking midfielder Rafa Silva, who was crowned
champion of Europe with Portugal during the summer, has just signed a five year
deal with Portuguese giants Benfica Lisbon.
Benfica broke the Portuguese transfer record to table a 15
million euros (13 million) deal for the Sporting Braga man completing the most
expensive transfer in Portuguese history.
The 23-year-old had been strongly linked with rivals Porto,
but the local press all announced that Silva had opted for the Lisbon giants
and three-time defending champions.
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In addition to the transfer fee, which surpasses the record
amount Porto spent for Joao Moutinho's 11 million euro (9 million) transfer
from Lisbon in 2010, Benfica also offered Braga Rui Fonte as part of the deal
according to the newspaper Record.
According to A Bola, the Portuguese champions could also
loan out two wingers: Maroccan Mehdi Carcela and Argentinian Oscar Benitez.For
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