Benfica - OL : The value of knowledge
In recent years, Benfica have developed a number of world-renowned players. Angel Di Maria, Axel Witsel, Nemanja Matic, David Luiz and many others ... The Stadio de Luz has seen quality and quantity passing through it. However, the Lusitanians have had a hard time keeping these strong players and have made selling them at a high price their specialty.
Since the 2009-10 season, if you only count the transfers that have returned at least 10 million euros, Benfica have managed to reap more than 680 million euros. The most recent is the transfer of Joao Felix last summer, who went to Atletico for 126 million euros, but many other transfers were very enriching for the club. Renato Sanches (+30M), Ederson (+39.5M), Nelson Semedo (+35M), Victor Lindelöf (+35M) ... The examples are legion, in the last 10 years, 26 players have exceeded 10 million mark.
On the OL side of things, the balance is obviously not so impressive since the first sale exceeding 10 million in the last ten years occurred in the summer of 2016 with the sale of Clinton Njie to Tottenham (+ 14.1M ). Since then, the trend has accelerated slightly. Alexandre Lacazette (+53M), Tanguy Ndombélé (+52M), Ferland Mendy (+43M) and Corentin Tolisso (+41.5M) have allowed the Lyonnaise coffers to be refilled. In total, the sales of eleven players have seen the club recoup more than 306 million euros.
Considered as a method of trading, this mode of operation proves that both OL and Benfica are very talented training and post-training clubs. The two entities regularly provide for the largest European clubs by shaping the players that pass through their hands. Nevertheless, the flip side is that these two teams are not allowed to take advantage of these polished diamonds. Perhaps this is a necessary evil to reverse the trend in a few years.