Domingos Soares Oliveira guarantees that Benfica is not obliged to sell Darwin Núñez, the most sought after player in the transfer market.
“Benfica is not obligated to sell its crown jewels,” says SAD’s second CEO in an interview with ECO.
Asked if a Uruguayan would not be the player who could make a significant financial return, Domingos Soares Oliveira replied that the market is looking at two things: “A player with immediate performance, such as Darwin, and a player with high potential. When we sold João Félix, basically At. Madrig paid for her potential, not her income, because it had been six months since.
In this sense, the Red Manager argues that some players who have won the Youth League “have a relatively high potential”.
“Benfica has no obligation to sell Darwin in any way to compose numbers,” Domingos Soares Oliveira reiterates.
When asked if he should sell players by June 30, the manager assumed this would be necessary, but “for this year’s financial statements, not the Treasury.”
“We weren’t in the Champions League last year, but in terms of player sales gains, we were worth almost € 100 million. This year, the capital gain is three million euros. So here we have a very significant reduction that can, of course, be offset if we manage to sell by June. What we did not do last summer for various reasons, we hope to do this summer. And if this is done before June 30, it will have the necessary effect on the accounts presented in September, “he sums up.
Domingos Soares Oliveira does not rule out Benfican SAD closing the year with a negative result, but guarantees that the structure is “ready to make an important investment” in the football team.
“I wouldn’t say it’s higher than last year, but in last year’s line, in the € 30 million range,” he adds.