Benfica join the hunt for Chicago Fire attacker Jhon Duran
When it comes to the transfer market, Benfica are simply one of the best in the business.
According to multiple reports emanating from England, Benfica have joined the hunt for Chicago Fire attacker Jhon Duran.
The 19-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Chicago spent 1.7 million euros to sign the Colombia international from Envigado in the winter of 2022. The 19-year-old has a valid contract with Chicago Fire until December 2024.
The attacker has found the back of the net on 8 occasions and picked up 6 assists in 30 matches this season across various competitions.
The 19-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Colombia. As a member of Colombia national football team, Duran won three caps.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Benfica.
Roger Schmidt sees Jhon Duran as the perfect addition to his attack. Schmidt has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe. The report claims that Benfica manager has extensively scouted Duran and is considering a move for the attacker.
Benfica will have funds to spend in the market and it will be interesting to see how they approach the winter transfer window.
The former Envigado man has got the skillset to give Roger Schmidt more options in the final third. He is a good finisher in front of the opposition’s goal and has got the vision to create some inviting chances for his teammates on the attacking third of the field.
According to the report, “The race for Chicago Fire attacker Jhon Duran is heating up. Benfica have joined Premier League clubs Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the hunt for Colombian forward Jhon Duran. United and Chelsea are both believed to have made enquiries about the teenager, who has appeared three times for his country after making his international debut earlier this year. Benfica seem to be the latest club to show interest, with Record reporting they ‘want to bring him in during the January transfer window.’ Chicago Fire are prepared to sell their star youngster for around €10m.”
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Benfica will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Duran to join the club.
Chicago will be ready to part ways with the attacker should the right offer arrives.
Good signing for Benfica?
If Jhon Duran is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Benfica.
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
Duran has all the skillset required to be a success story at Benfica. Therefore, it makes sense for Roger Schmidt to step up his attempts to bring the Colombian attacker to Benfica.
It will be interesting to see if Benfica can beat their rivals to the attacker’s signature.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.