Lisbon - Portuguese international winger Rafa Silva on
Thursday signed for Benfica from Sporting Braga on a five-year deal worth 16
million euros ($17.8m), both clubs confirmed.
The sum paid for the 23-year-old is a record between Portuguese
clubs surpassing the 11 million euros paid in 2010 by FC Porto to Sporting
Lisbon for Joao Moutinho.
The deal with reigning three-time Portuguese champions
Benfica followed protracted negotiations during which both clubs criticised the
demands of the player's agent as excessive.
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Capped nine times, Silva helped Portugal win the European
title in July. He opted for Benfica despite interest from league rivals FC
Silva turned professional in 2012 with modest Portuguese
club Feirense before joining Braga the following year.
Benfica also agreed the transfer of Portuguese striker Rui
Fonte to Sporting Braga for three seasons and loaned Argentine winger Oscar
Benitez to the club for a year.For
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