Benfica manager explains why he didn't sign West Ham's Lukasz Fabianski

A general view of London Stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski continues to shine in the Premier League - much to Benfica's frustration.

Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham United makes a save during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on December 27, 2018 in Southampton, United...

Benfica coach Bruno Lage has admitted that he wanted to sign West Ham United goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski this summer, speaking to O Jogo.

After re-claiming the Primeira Liga title from Porto last season, it was no secret that The Eagles wanted to reinforce their squad with a new, top level goalkeeper.

But it seemed that they were always fighting a losing battle trying to convince The Hammers to part with a veteran Poland international who moved to the London Stadium for £7 million from relegated Swansea City and ended his debut season as the club’s Player of the Year (Talksport).

 

And Lage has now admitted that a deal for Fabianski was ‘impossible’, with Benfica also running into a brick wall in their pursuit of Barcelona benchwarmer Jasper Cillessen.

“(Cillessen) was the first solution,” said Lage, who was once Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday.

Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Watford FC and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on May 12, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom.

“Then Fabianski. We realized that for financial reasons it would be impossible.”

Odisseas Vlachodimos has started all of Benfica’s league games in the first few weeks of 2019/20 but there is still time for Lage to get his man with the transfer window still open for Portuguese clubs until September 22,

But they can forget about renewing their interest in Fabianski. If a deal was ‘impossible’ weeks ago, West Ham aren’t going to suddenly listen to offers when signing a replacement is impossible.

Lukasz Fabianski of Poland reacts during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Poland and Austria at PGE Narodowy Stadium on September 9, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

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