Just like they did in Benfica’s midweek Champions League game against CSKA, Leicester City sent scouts to watch the Portuguese side once again at the weekend.
As reported by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, the Foxes had representatives at the Estádio do Bessa this weekend, where they watched the Eagles being beaten 2-1 by Boavista.
After winning four league titles in a row, Benfica are currently living a small crisis as they currently stand in fourth place on the Portuguese league table.
Not much to see
It’s hard to find something at Benfica that could please the scouts. Brazilian striker Jonas, 33 years old, has scored once again, and now has seven goals in six games, but continues being an unlikely signing for Premier League clubs due to his age.
Defender Luisão and winger Andrija Zivkovic had good matches, but it clearly wasn’t enough to have an impact on the result.
For the home side, Boavista obviously had a great game by beating the almighty Benfica. Several players were praised by the local media, with the attacking sector getting most of the attention, especially Renato Santos, who scored the equaliser, and David Simão.
No clear targets
As we pointed out last week, there aren’t any Benfica players who Leicester City have been recently linked to. In the summer of 2016, though, the Foxes were said to be keen on Gabriel Barbosa from Brazilian side Santos, and a bid was even reported.
Gabigol ended up moving to Inter Milan, and after a disappointing season, signed for Benfica on a loan deal with an option to buy this summer. So maybe the Foxes could be watching to see how he does in Portugal.
On Saturday, he was brought on as a sub after 77 minutes and had little time to show something. Maybe there’ll be more to see for Leicester City when he gets a start.