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Cardozo in Lisbon to pen Benfica deal

17 July 2007 13:34

LISBON (AFP) - Paraguay international striker Oscar Cardozo on Tuesday was set to put pen to paper on a deal taking the player from Argentine club Newell's Old Boys player to Portuguese first division side Benfica.

"I hope the Benfica supporters take to me. I am going to do my best to score a maximum amount of goals," the 24-year-old told the local press.

The transfer fee is undiclosed but according to Portuguese media Cardozo should cost the 2004-2005 Portuguese League winners around nine million euros.

"He is the most expensive striker in Benfica's history," A Bola newspaper reported.

Bayern Leverkusen's 33-year-old goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt is also in the Portuguese capital to negotiate the finer details on his contract for next season.

The pair are the latest in a string of summer signings by the club following Argentine and Portuguese strikers Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio and Fabio Coentrao, and defenders Marc Zoro and Sreten Sretenovic of the Ivory Coast and Serbia respectively.

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