This is not unexpected news. The departure of Croatian striker Petar Musa from Benfica was discussed practically throughout the winter transfer window. Finally, the twenty-five-year-old native of Zagreb, who by the way also worked for several years in the Czech Republic, specifically in Slavia, Žižkov and Liberec, will play outside of Europe for the first time. He signed with Dallas until the end of the 2027 calendar year.
As the MLS participant stated in his statement, the cooperation can be further extended until 2028 based on an option. According to the sources of the Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola, the Lisbon team will receive 10 million euros for the transfer, additional money could arrive from Texas in the future for bonuses, specifically in the amount of 3 million euros. If this information is true, it would be the most expensive transfer in the 28-year history of the American club.
Benfica generally made money on this transfer. Musa moved to the main Portuguese metropolis in the summer of 2022 from Boavista, in total, including additional payments, she allegedly spent around 6.5 million euros for him. In general, however, the Croatian in the As Águias jersey was apparently not as satisfied with his position as he imagined. Last year, for example, he made only two starts in the starting line-up in the Primeira Liga. In summary, however, he played regularly, after all, he kicked off a total of 44 matches for Benfica in the Portuguese top flight in a year and a half.
In practice, however, he exclusively accepted the role of a substitute, that is, someone who is a kind of third or fourth choice among the forwards. Under coach Roger Schmidt, he eventually played 66 games across all fronts, netting 17 goals. In his new position, he should already be the main choice for the offensive component of the game. And that was probably the main reason why he went to Dallas. By the way, according to the newspaper A Bola, Lille and Genoa also showed interest in him. “I want to thank our owners for bringing Petar on board and for the effort they put into this transfer,” pleased Nic Estévez, coach of the American team.