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Benfica eyeing up Chivas defender Carlos Salcedo

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Benfica have done a remarkable job building a business model around developing players and selling them for a profit. Their latest asset may come in the form of Mexican center-back Carlos Salcedo.

According to reports from Milenio journalist Jesus Hernandez, the Portuguese football giants sent scouts to Guadalajara to observe the defender, who played 90 minutes in Chivas 4-4 draw with Pachuca.

While teams like Schalke 04 and Club Brugge in Belgium had already shown interest in the past,  Benfica is the first European team to send scouts to watch the former Real Salt Lake man.

Salcedo, 22, has been phenomenal since joining Chivas in January, making 31 starts for the Rebaño Sagrado.

Salcedo could link up with fellow Mexican international Raul Jimenez.