To sign Enzo Fernandez, Chelsea and Benfica held direct negotiations
In order to recruit Enzo Fernandez, an Argentina international midfielder, Chelsea has opened direct negotiations with Benfica. It is also stated that the Blues are willing to pay more than the player’s release clause in order to obtain a payment term that they find more palatable. Unless the release clause is activated, the Portuguese club is not under any obligation to accept the offer.
The World Cup-winning midfielder will remain with Benfica through the remainder of the current campaign. That may be acceptable to Chelsea, who may then extend a pre-contract arrangement for a summer arrival.
In the summer transfer window before, Fernandez, who won the World Cup in Qatar as the best young player, also signed for Benfica. In the past year or so, he has been regarded as one of the world game’s top players.
The 21-year-old is a versatile midfielder who can play as a box-to-box centre midfielder or as a defensive midfielder. He has exceptional ball handling skills, a keen defensive eye, and he doesn’t back down from either offensive or defensive battles. A young midfielder with a variety of skills is something Chelsea is lacking. They have therefore been lacking in that area in the majority of games so far this season.
Fernandez can provide longevity, quality both on and off the ball, and the knowledge gained through this year’s successful defence of the highest footballing prize.