Ex-Real prodigy joins Pyramids FC
Posted: 23 January 2019 Time: 12:00
Ambitious Egyptian side Pyramids FC have exercised their financial muscle in the transfer market once again with the R97 million acquisition of a former Real Madrid prodigy.
The Egyptian Premier League title-chasers have secured the services of Peru international Cristian Benavente from Belgian side RSC Charleroi for a reported fee of £5.40m (R97m).
The club's billionaire Saudi owner Turki Al-Sheikh announced the high-profile addition on Tuesday.
"The signing of Peru's national team player Cristian Benavente is completed," he said in a post on his official Facebook page.
سابع صفقات بيراميدز في يناير ????⚪????— Pyramids F.C. (@pyramidsfc) January 22, 2019
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Benavente, who came through the youth ranks of Los Blancos has earned 16 international caps since making his Peru debut in 2013, scoring two goals.
The 24-year-old playmaker is Pyramids' seventh mid-season signing, which has brought even more optimism after the addition of 2017 Asian Football Player of the Year Omar Khribin from Saudi club Al Hilal on Monday.
Khribin featured 47 appearances for the Saudi giants, scoring 28 goals while assisting nine - and won the Saudi league title twice, the 2017 Saudi Cup, as well as the 2019 Saudi Super Cup.
سادس صفقات بيراميدز في يناير .. المهاجم السوري عمر خربين ⚪????6⃣???? pic.twitter.com/1glwLOY6cw— Pyramids F.C. (@pyramidsfc) January 21, 2019
The club currently occupies second-place in the Egyptian top-flight, three points behind league leaders Zamalek, whom they meet in a top-of-the-table clash on Friday.