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Benfica join race to sign Luc Castaignos

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Benfica could be set to hijack Swansea City's move for FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos.

Despite a fee being agreed between Swansea and Twente, Castaignos has yet to complete his move, and Benfica could be about to swoop.

According to talkSPORT, the Dutch striker has not yet come to an agreement regarding personal terms with the Premier League outfit, and Twente chairman Joop Munsterman has suggested the deal ss a long way from being finished.

That's prompted the Portuguese giants to step in and make an approach for the former Inter Milan forward - and sources in Holland have suggested a move to Benfica would be his preference.

The 21-year-old was in impressive form last season, and his 14 league goals helped his club to a third-placed finish in the Eredivisie.

Following on from his fine season, the chance of Champions League football with Benfica could be on offer, should he turn down the chance to link up with countryman Jonathan de Guzman and Michel Vorm at Swansea.

Benfica could be in need of a striker with Spanish hit-man Rodrigo being linked with a move away from Lisbon throughout the season, and Castaignos could be just the man to replace him.

Standing at 6ft 2 the Dutch forward has plenty of physical presence about him, and his 27 league goals in the previous two seasons is testament to his finishing ability.

Having just completed a historic treble and coming so close to end the infamous Bela Guttmann European curse, Benfica will be keen to improve their squad, and the addition of Castaignos would be a real sign of intent.

More used to selling stars then buying them, Benfica fans would be buoyed with the signing as they look to retain the Primeira Liga crown for the first time since the early 1980's.

Prior to his two-season stay at FC Twente, the Dutchman had a year at Inter Milan but failed to make an impression having originally been a product of the Feyenoord youth academy.

During his short career, Castaignos has been a regular in the Netherlands youth teams and has regularly found the net at international level.

A move to Benfica and the chance to play Champions League would help him make the step up to senior international football and catch the attention of incoming Holland manager Guus Hiddink.


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