Chelsea preparing a mammoth part-exchange bid to sign ‘sensational’ player
According to reports, Chelsea are preparing a massive part-exchange bid for Benfica star Enzo Fernandez this month.
The Argentina international, who helped his country win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has been a target for Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Todd Boehly and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have been making behind-the-scenes moves for Fernandez, with reports claiming they were in talks a few weeks ago.
Links to the 22-year-old haven’t faded as manager Graham Potter allegedly seeks to add a new midfielder to his squad, according to a report from Portugal.
The Blues are preparing a massive €100 million (£88 million) bid for Fernandez ‘plus a couple of players’.
With Benfica unwilling to sell, the part-exchange bid may not be enough, and Potter’s team may have to activate his €120 million (£105 million) release clause to make a deal possible.
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According to reports, Chelsea is also interested in Moises Caicedo as they look for a new midfielder.
Boehly and company appear to have alternatives to Fernandez if they choose not to trigger Fernandez’s release clause or raise their offer.
However, given the serious credentials of the South American star, we believe they should not be so quick to move on from a proven club and international midfielder.
Fernandez won the World Cup Young Player of the Tournament award in Qatar and has carried that form over to Benfica.
Only three players have played more league minutes than the indispensable midfielder, who also ranks in the top two in Liga Portugal for tackles made per 90 minutes.
Fernandez is also joint-top of his team’s assists rankings this season (5), which is impressive for a supposedly defensive-minded player.
The’sensational’ midfielder has also amassed Benfica’s third-highest rate of key passes made per 90 minutes in the final third.