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The footballers who have already agreed to switch clubs this summer

Chelsea, Barcelona, Ajax, Benfica and Bayern Munich are all expecting to welcome new players onboard this summerBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith football quite rightly postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, there is so much up in the air. Leagues…

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Agent Jorge Mendes’ homes searched in money laundering investigation

Portuguese authorities also search offices of Benfica and PortoInvestigation relates to alleged tax evasion since 2015The Portuguese attorney’s office has confirmed that they conducted dozens of searches on Wednesday in connection with their investigat…

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Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘Blackburn let me join Lazio. I thank them every day’

Lazio are in a title race for the first time in years. When they last won Serie A 20 years ago, Sven-Göran Eriksson was in chargeBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkSerie A was the best league in the world when Roma offered me the job o…

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Return of Taarabt: how Adel reinvented himself at Benfica

After four years on the sidelines, the Moroccan is now a snarling defensive midfielder and a key man for the derby with PortoAdel Taarabt has been called many things. Martin Jol, his manager at Tottenham, labelled him “a wizard”. A few years later at Q…

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Return of Taarabt: how Adel reinvented himself at Benfica

After four years on the sidelines, the Moroccan is now a snarling defensive midfielder and a key man for the derby with PortoAdel Taarabt has been called many things. Martin Jol, his manager at Tottenham, labelled him “a wizard”. A few years later at Q…

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Football around Europe: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Ancelotti is changing the culture at Everton, Ibra returns for the Milan derby and Forest can extend Leeds’ slumpEverton face Crystal Palace knowing victory will lift them into seventh and, for 24 hours at least, level on points with Sheffield United. …

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‘One big dream’: Gedson Fernandes seals Tottenham loan from Benfica

Midfielder joins on loan with option for permanent dealFernandes is first Spurs signing by José MourinhoTottenham have made their first move in the January transfer window by signing Benfica’s midfielder Gedson Fernandes.The 21-year-old has joined on a…

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Tottenham close to sealing loan deal for Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes

• Spurs set to beat West Ham to 18-month loan for 21-year-old• Midfielder also linked with Everton and Manchester UnitedTottenham have moved to finalise an 18-month loan for Gedson Fernandes and are confident they will be able to confirm his signing ne…

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West Ham fret after target Gedson Fernandes is offered to Tottenham

• West Ham fear missing out on Benfica midfielder to Spurs• Tottenham may view Fernandes as good option amid injuriesWest Ham fear they will miss out on Gedson Fernandes to Tottenham after learning that the Benfica midfielder has been offered to their …

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West Ham’s loan move for Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes stalls

• Sources at east London club sceptical deal will be completed• Midfielder is also a target for Everton and Manchester UnitedWest Ham’s attempts to sign Gedson Fernandes have stalled following the latest round of talks with Benfica over a loan deal for…

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The big gamble: does €126m João Félix spell end of Atlético’s Cholismo era?

The 19-year-old playmaker is replacing Griezmann and Diego Simeone admits this is one of his ‘most difficult projects’Two days after Antoine Griezmann announced he was leaving Atlético Madrid, delivering the message in a video filmed on a mobile phone …

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Atlético Madrid sign teenager João Felix from Benfica for €126m fee

• Nineteen-year-old signs on seven-year contract • Arrival expected to hasten exit of Antoine GriezmannAtlético Madrid have signed 19-year-old striker João Felix from Benfica for €126m (£112.9m), making him the fourth most expensive player of all time….

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Atlético Madrid set to win race to sign João Félix from Benfica

Manchester City and United had also shown an interestAtlético hoping to pay less than €120m release clauseAtlético Madrid are close to signing the Benfica midfielder João Félix for a fee close to €120m after agreeing a deal with the player’s representa…

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Ten big games to watch this weekend in the European leagues

The Premier League has ended but there is still a lot at stake in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Premier League has come to its conclusion, but there is plenty to play for across Europe. Here are …

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Football transfer rumours: Portugal pair to Manchester United for £150m?

Today’s whispers are dozing offSigning the next big thing from Portugal can be a tricky business. You might end up with Cristiano Ronaldo, you’ll probably end up with either another Renato Sanches or Hélder Postiga. Still though, sometimes it’s worth r…

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Manchester City weigh up bid for Benfica’s €60m-rated midfielder Florentino Luís

• 19-year-old has only played four times for Benfica first team• Paris St-Germain have already had one bid turned downManchester City are considering making an offer for Benfica’s defensive midfielder Florentino Luis.The 19-year-old defensive midfielde…

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Europa League: four intriguing fixtures worth following this week

All the facts and figures for Celtic v Valencia, Galatasaray v Benfica, Krasnodar v Bayer and Shakhtar v Eintracht FrankfurtBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe return of the Champions League has taken centre stage this week, but there are plenty of int…

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Football transfer rumours: João Felix to Manchester United for £100m?

Today’s fluff has got apple pie in the sky hopesJoão Félix, the 19-year-old Benfica forward, is in the kind of form that was bound to attract somebody’s notice. In each of his last three league appearances he has scored and assisted a goal, helping his…

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José Mourinho breaks cover to rule himself out of Benfica managerial role

• ‘I am fine at the moment. I am not an option for Benfica’• Mourinho stays tight-lipped over Manchester United exitJosé Mourinho has spoken publicly to rule himself out of the vacant manager’s job at Benfica, but refused to make any further comment on…

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Europa League: last 32 draw – live!

Updates and news from them the 12pm GMT drawChampions League draw: PSG for Mourinho, Liverpool face BayernSign up now for The Fiver, our free football emailFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.08pm GMT Sasic is asked how she thinks the G…