Benfica president Luis Felipe Viera blames agent interference for the collapse of Rogelio Funes Mori's transfer from River Plate...The president of Portuguese giants Benfica declared today that negotiations for River Plate starlet Rogelio Funes Mori are dead and buried, after the chief tired of dealing with the myriad agents and businessmen that have an interest in the young striker's future.
Benfica have been linked with 'El Mellizo', 19, since the start of the Apertura tournament and had reportedly made a bid for the teenager worth around €8.5 million. Ole reports however that president Luis Felipe Viera cut his interest on Monday evening, tired of the non-stop negotiating with representatives.
"I don't want Funes Mori anymore... this is finished," Viera allegedly told representatives of the player in a Lisbon restaurant, before adding that their requests were some 30-40% higher than what the club was willing to meet. At the meeting were agents Kia Joorabchian, Miguel Pires and Cristian Filipi, as well as an uncle of Funes Mori; all of whom were claiming to represent the player's interests.
Benfica will now redirect the money saved towards another target in January, while River will be disappointed to miss out on the chance to cash in on the inconsistent young forward and ease the club's worrying debts.