Premier League rivals Arsenal, West Ham United and Wolves have missed out on Roman Yaremchuk after the Euro 2020 star completed a £15 million move to Portuguese giants Benfica instead.
Now, goalscoring wasn’t a problem for Jorge Jesus’s side last season.
Despite finishing third in the Primeira Liga table, Benfica still found the net 69 times, more than eventual champions Sporting Lisbon.
So the prospect of Yaremchuk adding firepower to a side already containing Darwin Nunez, Rafa Silva and Brazil international Everton Soares should strike fear into the hearts of Portuguese clubs, especially with a wounded Benfica desperate to snatch the title back from their Lisbon neighbours.
Why did Roman Yaremchuk choose Benfica over Arsenal, West Ham or Wolves?
Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham were also interested in the Ukraine international. Calciomercato reported David Moyes’ Hammers were prepared to pay a substantial sum for a man who dovetailed brilliantly with Andriy Yarmolenko at Euro 2020.
But, after discussing his future with now-departed Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko, Yaremchuk came to the conclusion Benfica represented the logical next step in his footballing journey.
“Benfica’s first big goal is to win titles. It’s very important for the club, for the fans and for the president. I’m here to help,” says Yaremchuk, who scored a career-best 23 goals for Belgian outfit KAA Gent last season.
“I spoke with Schevchenko a long time ago. We were talking about Benfica at that time.
“He told me Benfica were an amazing club, he would love me to play here, I would improve as a footballer and it was good for my career.
“My job is to score goals. I’ve done it before and I’ll work hard to continue doing it here. I feel a great responsibility.”
Yaremchuk has signed a five-year deal complete with £90 million release clause.