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Just days after midfielder Nemanja Matić expressed his willingness to leave Benfica, Os Encarnados announced the signing of fellow Serbian Ljubomir Fejsa from Greek club Olympiacos.

The 25-year-old signs a five-year deal with the Portuguese club and is widely expected to take over Matić’s position in defensive midfield.

Benfica’s newest signing was unveiled to the public on the club’s official television channel on Monday where he talked about how excited he was about joining the club.

“This is a big step in my career. I am very happy. I know that Benfica has fans around the world, it has been European champions twice and has won more than 30 championships. I play football because I want to win titles. I won three titles with Partizan, two with Olympiakos, and I do not see why I cannot do the same here,” he said on Benfica TV.

The Serbian was asked whether he would be happy to share playing time with countrymen Matić in case the former Chelsea player does not leave the club this month. Fejsa responded with: “The best case scenario would be that we could play together, in order to avoid any difficulty.”

Fejsa played with Olympiacos for two seasons after coming over from FK Partizan. Last year at the Greek club he found it difficult to gain playing time under then manager Leonardo Jardim, who is now managing Sporting Lisbon.

After Jardim was fired in February despite the club being in first place, Fejsa saw more action and finished with 15 total appearance in the Greek championship. He has received 13 caps with the Serbian national team.

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Jorge Jesus’ club have bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Argintinian striker Rogelio Funes Mori from River Plate.

Funes Mori will be under contract with the club for five years and it is believed that he could act as a long-term replacement for Oscar Cardozo.

So far the 22-year old is saying all the right things. He told media on Benfica TV on Monday that he turned down overtures from many big clubs, including arch rivals FC Porto to sign with Benfica.

“I had the opportunity to join FC Porto, as well as another Portuguese club, but I did not hesitate to choose Benfica, the biggest Portuguese club which is also well-known around the world,” he said.

“I am very happy to represent one of the big Portuguese clubs. My expectations are high, and I hope to give my all and win,” he said.

He also spoke about the club’s strong connections to Argentina and how that factored in him choosing to join Os Águias.

“I know that Enzo Pérez, Lisandro López, Salvio, Garay all play here. They are all very good players and that is why I am here. I do not know them personally but I hope to God that I could adjust quickly with my compatriots and give my all for the club.”

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Benfica have officially signed midfielder Luis Fariña to a five-year deal. The 22-year old, who is known for his pace is a product of the Racing Club de Avellaneda academy, graduating to the senior side in 2009/2010

In an official statement on Benfica’s website, the club describes Fariña as a ‘attacking midfielder who prefers to play on the left side of attack.’

“Quick, Luis Fariña likes to have the ball in his possession, while he still likes to score goals, he prefers to create opportunities for his teammates.”

Fariña spoke to Benfica TV on Wednesday night, expressing his excitement at joining the club.

“I know that Benfica is a very big club, and that means a lot to me because I know that they just do not sign any player. I am very proud to wear the jersey. I know that it is a big responsibility to be part of this club but at the same time its great to have so many supporters,” Fariña said.

“It is a club that has won everything in Portugal, and many other titles. I am very happy to wear the jersey and I hope that the history of the club will continue to grow and that I could win titles with Benfica.”

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Benfica have continued to address their need at left-back by signing Brazilian Bruno Cortez to a one-year loan deal. The deal includes an option to sign the 26-year old to a permanent deal at the end of the campaign.

Cortez was unveiled to the public at the Estádio da Luz on Friday. He told Benfica TV that he hopes his first year in Europe could earn him a return to the Brazilian national team ahead of the World Cup in 2014.

“To return will depend on what I am able to do with Benfica. I am on a glorious club, with the help of my teammates I know I could return to the national team,” He said.

“My expectations are high and I am happy to be here. I hope to stay with Benfica forever,” Cortez said about his move to Portugal.

Cortez, who also goes by the Portuguese version of his name Cortês, received one cap with Brazil in 2011 but none since. He has played with Brazilian giants São Paulo since January 2012 after arriving from Botafogo.

The move comes days after Benfica signed Portuguese international Sílvio on loan from La Liga club Atlético Madrid. Benfica have lacked a quality left-back since Fábio Coentrão left for Real Madrid two years ago.

This past season, manager Jorge Jesus played Lorenzo Melgarejo, a converted winger at left-back to mixed results. Towards the end of the season, Jesus moved André Almeida into the position from the right side.

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Benfica have officially signed Argentine central defender Lisandro López from Arsenal de Sarandi. The deal is for five years and will reportedly include a €35million buyout clause.

The 23-year-old told Benfica TV that former Benfiquista midfielder Pablo Aimar played a role in him choosing the Lisbon club.

“Pablo Aimar and I have spoken several times and he has said that Lisbon is very beautiful and that Benfica is a magical club. He advised me to take advantage of the opportunity to work with so many Argentinian players who could help me adapt easily,” Lopez said.

“I have played with Arsenal de Sarandí since I was 20 years old, playing in over 100 matches and gaining a good amount of experience. It helped me transfer to one of the best clubs in Europe.”

It is believed that Lopez was brought in to potentially replace countryman Ezequiel Garay who has been widely linked to a move to Manchester United. Club captain Luisão is also 32 years of age and is expected to fade.

Benfica have also signed central defenders Steven Vitória and Stefan Mitrović this summer.

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