MADRID (AP) — Valencia says Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez will join the Spanish league club from Benfica on a permanent basis in the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old Perez arrived in Valencia from Portugal on Monday night and will undergo a medical examination before signing a contract, the club said.

Perez joined Benfica from Argentine club Estudiantes in June 2011 for a reported fee of 5.5 million euros ($6.7 million) and has scored eight goals in 64 appearances.

Perez made his senior international debut in September 2009 under coach Diego Maradona in a friendly against Ghana and played in the World Cup final against Germany this July.

Valencia did not disclose a transfer fee.