Benfica Break Portuguese Record For Rafa Silva

Benfica break Portuguese record for Rafa Silva

LISBON, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th August, 2016) : 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.

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.