Simao Sabrosa looks set to leave Benfica in the near future, the club have confirmed.
The Portuguese international was left out of Benfica's pre-season victory over Bordeaux on Saturday and, following the game, president Luis Felipe Vieira admitted Simao had been left out for a reason.
"The absence of Simao from the pitch is justified," said Vieira.
"In a few days the cause will be known."
Already Liverpool and Valencia are being tipped as the most likely suitors.
Both have been long-term admirers of the player and could very well be showing a renewed interest.
Coach Fernando Santos admitted he was told not to involve the midfielder.
"Simao has not played by order of the club," he added.
Spartak Moscow's Ukraine ace Maxim Kalinichenko is already being linked as a possible replacement.