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19-year old central defender Rúben Vezo will join La Liga giants Valencia in January, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Portuguese defender was in Spain on Monday to finalize the terms of a four-year deal that takes effect on January 1st, 2014 when the winter transfer window officially opens.

The transfer fee is believed to be around €1,5 million according to some sources although that was not confirmed by either club. Vezo’s current club Vitória Setúbal will receive 25 percent of a future sale of the player according to a news release on the Valencia club website.

The Setúbal-born Vezo is a product of the club’s youth academy. This is his first professional season with the senior side and he has not failed to impress, starting in eight league matches for the club. His performances have earned him a call-up to Portugal’s U19 squad.

Vezo was previously linked with a move to Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon according to national radio station Antena 1 but will be honing his craft at the Mestalla instead. He is believed to be a replacement for Adil Rami who is expected to join AC Milan on loan in January.

Vezo will be the fourth Portuguese national on the Spanish team, joining Hélder Postiga, João Pereira and Ricardo Costa.

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Ivan-Cavaleiro

The early season performances of Benfica’s Ivan Cavaleiro have begun to draw the attention of many people.

The Portuguese winger scored a hat-trick against Academico Viseu this past weekend in the second division where the club’s B squad plays. He is currently the league’s leading scorer with seven goals in ten matches.

The 19-year old, who is currently on international duty with Portugal’s U-21 squad has reportedly been scouted by Manchester United. This sort of attention is overwhelming for any player, let alone a youngster who is still waiting to play his first competitive match with the senior squad.

But Cavaleiro insists that he is focused on developing his game and eventually hopes to play first-team football with Benfica before moving on.

“My job is to earn an opportunity for the first team and this depends on the coach,” Cavaleiro told Portuguese radio station Antena 1. “There are very good forwards at Benfica and it is not easy to get into the first team.”

“For me it’s a huge honour to represent Benfica because it’s the club of my heart. I want to continue here and succeed in the first team.”

The young winger scored 12 goals in 38 matches for Benfica B last season, playing against professionals in Portugal’s second division. Standing at a modest 1,75m, Cavaleiro is most comfortable on the right side but has also seen action on the left and as a centre-forward.

He has also regularly played against players a few years older than him at the international level and done very well. Benfica’s senior side is currently loaded with more experienced wingers, making it difficult for Cavaleiro to take the next step in his career.

Cavaleiro’s former manager at Benfica B Norton de Matos believes that he already has the quality to play with the senior squad.

“Benfica have a strategy to support the growth of players like Ivan Cavaleiro. He has what it takes to get to the main squad. It would be an excellent reward for the great start to the season he is having,” Matos told Antena 1.

“If integrated with the players that Benfica currently have, and properly supported, Ivan has the quality to be a great success.”

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Benfica have announced the signing of Jorge Rojas to a contract that will see the young winger attached to the Portuguese club until 2018. The club will reportedly pay a transfer fee of 1.3 million Euros to Rojas’ current club Cerro Porteño according to the RTP website.

The deal will be made official in June when Portuguese clubs are formally allowed to sign new players. The contract includes a transfer clause of 30 million Euros and Benfica will own 100 per cent of his rights according to Portuguese football website O Jogo. Rojas passed his physical with the club in Lisbon on Wednesday.

Rojas has played with Paraguay’s U-20 squad alongside another Benfica youngster Derlis González, who is playing this season on-loan with Club Guaraní in Paraguay. Rojas has been with Cerro Porteño since 2011 and despite his young age has been a first-choice player with the club.

In an interview with O Jogo, the current manager of Cerro Porteño Francisco Arce praised Rojas as one of the best talents in Paraguay today along side Derlis González and striker Mauro Caballero, whose rights are owned by FC Porto.

“He is a very quick and skilled forward. He is definitely very good. Very sound, particularly on the right side, he could also play on the left and second striker. He is a very versatile youngster,” Arce added.

Rojas told Portuguese journalist Nuno Matos of Antena 1 on Wednesday that he looks forward to joining his new club in June. “When I return, I hope to have a good season, have some success, adjust quickly and have the support of the fans.”

“This is a great opportunity and I want to make the most of it. This is a big club that is winning at every level and is closing in on the national title.”

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/José Goulão

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/José Goulão

Flamengo’s vice-president Wallim Vasconcellos confirmed Friday that former Sporting Lisbon striker Liédson is close to a loan deal with Porto.

Vasconcellas told Antena 1 radio, “FC Porto is showing interest in Liedson. They want a loan deal and that is what we are discussing. Negotiations are on-going, nothing has been finalized, but I hope everything will be decided by the end of the week.”

In an interview with Portuguese radio station Renascença, Vasconcellas said that Liedson is reportedly happy about the possibility of returning to Portugal. The clubs are discussing who will pay his wages. Vasconcellas added that it would be a great deal for the three parties: Liedson, Flamengo and FC Porto.

Liedson played with Sporting Lisbon between 2003-2011 scoring 173 goals in 313 total games and becoming the club’s sixth highest scorer in its history.