Rumours about Oscar Cardozo’s future at Benfica could soon come to an end with the Paraguayan forward expected to extend his contract with the Portuguese giants.
Cardozo has long been linked with a move away from Benfica but the new contract includes a huge £47.7 million release clause will put an end to all transfer speculation.
The striker arrived at Estadio de Luz in 2007 from Newell’s Old Boys and has gone on to become a crowd favourite netting an impressive 78 goals in 109 league games.
It’s a record that’s not gone unnoticed by Europe’s elite and the 29-year-old has been linked with numerous moves over the last two years. However, with less than a year left on his contract it looked as if club’s were looking to get the bargain of the 2013 summer transfer window by signing Cardozo on a free.
A new contract will put an end to a free transfer and quite possibly any other move. In the Premier League both Everton and Chelsea have been ‘linked’ with striker.
Whether there is any truth in either story remains to be seen but asking price has always been an issue. Everton have never been in a position to afford Cardozo. A £47.7 million buy out clause should categorically put an end to those rumours.
Chelsea, who perhaps still would want to strengthen their attacking options, could of course afford the Benfica number seven. The release clause does not signal the transfer fee, but it’s a statement of intent from the Lisbon club. Any one who wants Cardozo will have to spend big.
For all his strengths, nobody, including Chelsea or any other club with such resources will be willing to pay £47.7 million for a 29-year-old. Cardozo, though very good, does not merit such a significant transfer fee.
At his age he offers no resale value. Furthermore, while he has scored freely in the Portuguese league, it is an awful lot of money for a player who may (seems unlikely) who may fail to flourish in a more demanding league. That aside, there are younger, cheaper and potentially more talented strikers that the likes of Chelsea may wish to pursue.
Cardozo’s new contract will see him financially rewarded for his ‘loyalty’. It also allows Benfica to keep hold of one of their prized assets. It’s a win win situation for both parties. But for Cardozo it has to be as the buy out clause has priced him out of a move to a bigger club.