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Benfica agree deal for Ivan Saponjic

Portuguese daily newspaper A Bola has learned that SL Benfica are set to complete the signing of Serbian striker Ivan Saponjic from Partizan Belgrade.

The two clubs have agreed on the deal believed to be worth just short of €2 million, and the youngster in turn arrived in Lisbon on Sunday evening to complete his medical and sign a contract until June 2021.

With competition for places in attack quite fierce at Estadio da Luz, Saponjic will initially be added to the reserve squad and he will probably remain there until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old has shown a great deal of potential since coming through the youth ranks at Partizan Belgrade and he has so far scored 7 goals in 12 league starts.

Saponjic was an important member of the title-winning Serbia side at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, scoring 2 important goals in seven appearances.

At the same time, the Eagles have secured the signing of Croatian prospect Branimir Kalaica, who will sign a five year deal with the club when his current contract at Dinamo Zagreb expires in June.

Mon 11 Jan, 2016
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