“Benfica are not obliged to sell Darwin”

Domingos Soares Oliveira guarantees that Benfica are not forced to sell Darwin Núñez, the most coveted player on the transfer market.

“Benfica is not obliged to sell its jewel in the crown”, begins by saying the co-CEO of SAD, in an interview with ECO.

Asked whether the Uruguayan was not the player who could generate a significant financial return, Domingos Soares Oliveira replied that the market looks at two things: “A player with immediate performance, like Darwin, and a player with strong potential. When we sold João Félix, basically the At. Madrig paid for his potential, not his earnings, as it had been six months.

The red manager defends, in this sense, that some players who have won the Youth League “have relatively high potential”.

“Benfica is not obliged to sell Darwin to, in a way, compose the figures”, reiterates Domingos Soares Oliveira.

When asked if he needed to sell players by June 30, the manager assumed it would be necessary, but ‘to make up this year’s accounts, not for a cash issue’.

“Last year we weren’t in the Champions League, but in terms of gains on the sale of players, we had a value close to 100 million euros. This year the capital gains are three million euros. So we have here a very significant reduction which can, of course, be offset if we manage to make a sale by June. Which we did not do last summer, for various reasons, we hope to do it this summer. And if it is done before June 30, it will have the impact that we must have on the accounts which will be presented in September”, he summarizes.

Domingos Soares Oliveira does not rule out Benfica’s SAD closing the year with a negative result, but guarantees that the structure is ‘ready to make a significant investment’ in the football team.

“I wouldn’t say it’s higher than last year, but in line with last year, around 30 million euros,” he adds.

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