Benfica announced on Monday evening they had sold Roberto to Zaragoza for €8.6 million, which sparked controversy in both countries, as the Spanish club have debts which amount to €110m and have asked for legal protection to be able to continue their operations.
After Benfica issued a first statement earlier on Wednesday which did not add much to the case, the Portuguese stock market (CMVM) decided to freeze the club’s shares until a detailed explanation was provided.
In a new statement, Benfica have revealed that Zaragoza paid just €86,000 for the keeper, while the remaining €8,514,000 was purchased by an investment fund.
Upon receiving this statement, CMVM lifted the suspension, and trading in Benfica shares is now allowed again.
A report in El Pais on Wednesday claimed Fifa agent Jorge Mendes was involved in the investment fund, but the attorney of Gestifute, the agency company which the Portuguese owns, issued a statement to clarify that Mendes "did not acquire any share of Roberto’s economic rights, nor did he intervene in any way in the transfer."