Rui Pedro Braz met Enzo Fernández’s agent, met the midfielder, but his target is left-back Francisco Ortega.
Benfica sporting director Rui Pedro Braz is in Argentina to take stock of the squad reinforcement plan and, according to O JOGO, has 23-year-old left-back Francisco Ortega, who plays at Vélez, in his sights , and has the same representative of Enzo Fernández, another player on the red side, associated yesterday with the move of the Benfica official to Buenos Aires.
Enzo Fernández is a midfielder, 21 years old and plays for River Plate. He is on Benfica’s list, mentioned previously but also indicated by the new coach, Roger Schmidt, who had already approached PSV Eindhoven. The great promise of Argentine football, with the selection on the horizon, is in the plans of some giants, such as Real Madrid, and has a cost fixed by the release clause, 20 million euros, which his club does not renounce .
The Argentinian press has reported on a meeting between Rui Pedro Braz and businessman Uriel Pérez, to follow Benfica’s interest in Enzo Fernández, who was also said to be at that meeting. However, as we discovered, the leader of Luz met the aforementioned agent, but the objective was different. At the time, the River midfielder was also at the same restaurant, Gardiner de Costanera, with a partner from Pérez and was introduced to Rui Pedro Braz, with whom he exchanged words of circumstance.
The target is Francisco Ortega, a 23-year-old, 1.77m left-back who has a career in the youth teams, with a presence in the Under-20, Under-23 and Olympic squad, for which he showed defensive ability, physical presence and creativity in attack. Holder of Vélez and with the experience of the Copa Libertadores, is valued at 4 M€. Contact with the club will follow for Benfica to fill a void in the squad and for which there are several names.
Getafe blackmails Olivera
Without a direct replacement and with the starter on the sales list, Benfica are looking for two left-backs for the new season. Ristic, a 26-year-old Serbian, is targeted at no cost, but there are names more referenced in Luz. Mathias Olivera, a 24-year-old Uruguayan, represents Spanish club Getafe and will be sent to Italian club Napoli for a sum of around… 16 million euros.
Despite this, the Getafe frontman left a warning yesterday and spoke about the eagles. “Mathías has to decide where he wants to go. There is Napoli, but there are also five European clubs interested in him: from Italy, Spain, Germany and Portugal. Benfica are seriously interested in him”, revealed Ángel Torres, at Radio Kiss Embrace Naples. .