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Benfica secure Brazilian defender Gilberto

09 Aug 2020, 10:59 GMT+10

LISBON, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Benfica have completed the signing of right-back Gilberto from Brazil's Fluminense, the Portuguese club said on Saturday.

The 27-year-old signed a five-year deal after completing a medical, Benfica said in a statement on their official website.

The transfer came at the behest of newly appointed Benfica manager Jorge Jesus, who was impressed by Gilberto during this year's Rio de Janeiro state championship.

Jesus rejoined his former club in July after leading Fluminense's Rio de Janeiro rivals Flamengo to six trophies in 13 months.

Gilberto made 101 appearances for Fluminense following his 2018 move from Italy's Fiorentina.

Earlier on Sunday, Benfica also announced the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Helton Leite from Boavista.

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