Roberto-Pizzi deal clarified

Benfica have released numbers on the deal that has seen them swap percentage shares in Pizzi and Roberto Jimenez this summer with Atletico Madrid.

Atleti were confirmed late last week as having re-signed their former goalkeeper on a four-year contract, sending him over to Olympiacos for 2013-14.

The move caused slight confusion as, alongside no figures being announced, Pizzi was seen as included in the deal moving the other way, whilst Roberto had been seen as owned by Real Zaragoza.

It has since emerged that Roberto’s move from Benfica to Zaragoza in 2011 was funded by an investment group and that, in defaulting on their payments, the two clubs determined that the player’s rights should move back to the Portuguese.

At further request from the Portuguese Securities Market Commission, who asked for clarification on the deal, Benfica have reported that Roberto’s return to Atleti has come at a cost of €6m.

Pizzi, who Atleti only bought last year for €13.5m, has been confirmed as having had 50 per cent of his rights moved to Benfica at a cost of €6m.

The Portuguese winger, who will spend next year on loan at Espanyol, has a contract with Benfica until June 2019 and has seen his value depreciate by €1.5m in just 12 months.

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