Benfica closing in on signing of Barcelona shot-stopper

Benfica are increasingly hopeful of signing Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

The Dutch international has represented his country 48 times, and was the Netherlands number one choice in the 2014 World Cup, a tournament that his country ultimately finished 3rd in.

The 30-year old joined Barcelona from Ajax in 2016 for €13million, but has failed to make an impression at the Spanish outfit.

This season he has made just one appearance in La Liga - in a 2-0 loss against Celta Vigo last week.

He also played a Champions League match against Tottenham (a 1-1 draw) and 6 Copa Del Ray fixtures.

Indeed, in all three seasons at Barcelona, Cillessen has only played 29 matches across all competitions - 23 of which came in Spain's cup competition, 3 in La Liga, and 3 in the Champions League. 

With game time hard to come by, Benfica are closing in on the signing of Cillessen, who will compete with Odysseas Vlachodimos for a place in Benfica's starting lineup. 

Bruno Varela, who is currently on loan at Ajax, is likely to leave permanently, while Miles Svilar will be loaned out.

 

After Raul Jimenez, Benfica are set to sell another forward

Having made 38 million euros on the sale of Raul Jimenez, Benfica are set to be guaranteed some more cash before the summer window has even opened.

That is because Andre Carrillo is set to move on permanently, according to A Bola. 

The winger, who is currently out on loan at Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, is expected to make his stay at the club permanent this summer. 

The 53-time Peruvian international was initially brought in by former Benfica and Sporting manager Jorge Jesus, although he has since been dismissed by the club for failing to commit to a longer-term future with the Saudi side.

It is expected that Carrillo, who was out on loan at Marco Silva's Watford last season, will bring in about 20 million euros for the Lisbon club.

Combine that with the sale of Raul Jimenez, Benfica have already generated a splendid income on player departures before the summer window has even begun, with 58 million euros set to arrive at the club.

It takes off the pressure for Benfica to have to sell some of their star players such as João Felix and Ruben Dias.

Guimarães star Tozé set to leave at the end of the season amid interest from overseas

Vitoria SC midfielder Tozé is to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.

Tozé has been a top performer for Guimarães this season, predominantly used on the right wing and contributing 5 goals and 3 assists in his 24 league outings.

His efforts have helped Guimarães earn a fifth place spot in the Portuguese top fight.

Some of his goals have been crucial, his strike against Sporting earlier this season the only one of the game, earning his side an impressive 3 points against one of the traditional "Big Three".

He also bagged a goal against Porto to help Guimarães come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Dragão, one of the more surprising comebacks you're likely to see. His brace against Feirense also meant his side earned a crucial 2-1 victory over bottom-of-the-table Feirense.

It is no wonder, therefore, that Vitoria are keen on extending Tozé's contract beyond the end of next season.

However, due to financial limitations, meeting his demands has proven difficult, and with wealthier clubs interested in the 26-year old midfielder, it was always going to be impossible to keep hold of him.

Two clubs have emerged as frontrunners to sign Tozé, with current Turkish strugglers Fenerbahce keen on bolstering their squad.

Turkish table-toppers Istanbul Basaksehir are also interested in bringing him in.