Monday, January 30, 2023

Chelsea eye new £106m Enzo Fernandez bid as Benfica stance clarified

Chelsea eye new £106m Enzo Fernandez bid as Benfica stance clarified

This week, Chelsea’s search for a new central midfielder is expected to return to the top of Todd Boehly’s priority list. Despite signing six players this month, the Blues have failed to strengthen a position widely regarded as essential.

After Noni Madueke’s arrival late last week, the search for a new midfielder at Stamford Bridge will take precedence between now and the transfer deadline on Tuesday.

The Blues recently had a £55 million bid for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo rejected and were reportedly preparing a bid close to the Seagulls’ £75 million valuation.

Enzo Fernandez, a World Cup star for Benfica, was rumored to be on the verge of moving to west London. The midfielder desired to join Chelsea in the Premier League, but his £106 million release clause proved to be a significant obstacle.

After skipping training and missing the 1-0 home victory over Portimonense earlier this month, interest in Fernandez appeared to wane. However, the 22-year-old scored in the Taca De Portugal victory over Varzim and provided two exquisite assists in the weekend’s 3-0 victory over Santa Clara.

However, with Boehly’s stance on Caicedo reportedly uncertain, Portuguese outlet Record claims Chelsea is planning a new raid for the Benfica player before the January transfer window closes.

Benfica are unlikely to change their stance on the midfielder, meaning an additional £106 million will be required to acquire him.

The Portuguese giants have maintained throughout the transfer window that only the release clause in Fernandez’s contract, which they inserted after he moved from River Plate in the summer, would need to be activated for a transfer to occur.

Fortunately for Benfica, the Portuguese transfer window closes two days after the Premier League, giving them additional time to find Fernandez’s replacement should a transfer occur.

With just over a week left until the English January transfer window closes, the next few days could have a significant impact on Chelsea’s preparations for the upcoming offseason.

Chelsea eye new £106m Enzo Fernandez bid as Benfica stance clarified

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