Funes Mori joins Benfica's Argentinian contingent

SL Benfica have signed striker Rogelio Funes Mori from CA River Plate for an undisclosed fee, the 22-year-old becoming the sixth Argentinian on the club's books.

Rogelio Funes Mori scored 20 goals in 97 league games for River Plate
Rogelio Funes Mori scored 20 goals in 97 league games for River Plate ©Getty Images

UEFA Champions League contenders SL Benfica have signed Argentinian striker Rogelio Funes Mori from CA River Plate.

The 22-year-old, who has spent his entire career at the Buenos Aires outfit and whose twin brother Ramiro still plays for River Plate, has penned a contract running until summer 2018 after moving for an undisclosed fee. At Benfica he will link up with compatriots Lisandro López, Ezequiel Garay, Eduardo Salvio, Enzo Pérez and Nicolás Gaitán.

Capped once at senior level by Argentina, in a September 2012 friendly against Brazil, Funes Mori said: "I'm very happy. I had the dream of playing for a big team like Benfica. They have many supporters and are the biggest club in Portugal."

Benfica will start in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but on Sunday they suffered an early Liga setback. Having only lost once, to FC Porto, last season, they were beaten in their 2013/14 opener 2-1 by CS Marítimo.

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