Benfica make €7m offer for Almeria's Pablo Piatti - report

The young Argentine could be on his way to Portugal with the Lisbon giants making an initial bid for the exciting playmaker
Benfica could be set to capture Almeria playmaker Pablo Piatti after tabling a €7 million offer for the Argentine, according to O Jogo.

Despite Almeria's relegation from La Liga last season, the 22-year-old impressed for the Andalucian club, scoring a total of eight league goals in 35 appearances.

Reports from Portugal state that Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has identified Piatti as a possible replacement for Javier Saviola, who has been linked with a move to the UAE.

O Jogo comment that Almeria will not accept any offer under €10m as doing so would mean the club would incur a loss on the €7m they paid for Piatti two years ago, due to his former club Estudiantes earning 25 per cent of any future sale.

Piatti is attracting interest from other European sides, including Serie A club Udinese, who have qualified for next season's Champions League.

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