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Benfica plotting move for Ricky Van Wolfswinkel

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Champions League or Championship, that's the decision Ricky van Wolfswinkel may have to make after reports suggested Benfica are interested in taking him back to Portugal.

The striker only scored one goal last season as Norwich were relegated from the Premier League, but that has not deterred the Portuguese champions.

The Dutchman moved to the Premier League from Sporting Lisbon in a £9million move last summer, but following a disastrous debut season in England, Sporting's city rivals could be ready to rescue him.

Jorge Jesus' side completed a domestic treble last season, but with speculation linking both Rodrigo and Oscar Cardozo with moves away from Estadio da Luz, the Benfica boss will need to strengthen his attacking options, and van Wolfswinkel could be his main target according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

Though Premier League goals have been hard to come by, he's not scored since the opening day of the season, van Wolfswinkel has an impressive record in the Primeira Liga.

The 25-year-old scored 14 league goals in each of his two season's in Lisbon, and having also played in the Europa League with Sporting, he could fit into Benfica's plans for next season.

Having spent £9million on the striker last summer, Norwich may demand a hefty fee for the Dutchman's signature, but that shouldn't be an issue for Benfica who are likely to rake in around £24million should Rodrigo depart.

A return to Portugal would appeal to van Wolfswinkel as he looks to build upon the two senior caps he's earned with the Netherlands, the second of which came in June last year having made his debut way back in 2010.

With Dutch national team boss Louis van Gaal leaving after this summer's World Cup, the Benfica target will hope to impress incoming boss Guus Hiddink and that will be much easier to do if he's playing Champions League football rather than in the second tier of English football.

There were also rumours that van Wolfswinkel had fallen out with then interim boss Neil Adams towards the end of last season, and with Adams having recently been appointed on a full-time basis it's hard to see a future for the club's record signing at Carrow Road.

With the striker currently suffering a 26-game goal drought, Benfica fans will hardly be overwhelmed by his arrival, but a move away from the Canaries could help him rediscover the goalscoring form that made him a Dutch international.

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