Benfica break Portuguese transfer record to sign Rafa Silva – report

Benfica break Portuguese transfer record to sign Rafa Silva – report

Benfica have broken the Portuguese transfer record to sign Rafa Silva for £13 million from Braga after fending off competition from Porto.

The 23-year-old, who represented Portugal at Euro 2016, joined Braga from Feirense in 2013 and will seek to make a major impact in his first season at Benfica.

Benfica have been heavily active in the transfer market so far this summer, with the club having brought in several players, including midfielder Franco Cervi and striker Kostantinos Mitroglu.

Rui Vitoria’s side will be seeking to retain the title and they got their campaign off to a positive start with a 2-0 victory over Tondela which was secured courtesy of goals from Lisandro Lopez and Andre Horta.

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Benfica’s next fixture is at home to Vitoria de Setubal on Sunday, although it isn’t currently clear whether Silva will play any part in that game.

Vitoria has strove arduously to strengthen his squad during the transfer window as he seeks to ensure that Benfica can progress far in the Champions League in addition to thriving domestically.

Benfica managed to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition last season, when they were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich. They have come close to achieving European glory in recent campaigns, but lost in the final of the Europa League in both 2013 and 2014.