It is understood that Chelsea have reopened talks with Portuguese club Benfica over highly sought-out midfielder Enzo Fernandez.
Their pursuit of the 22-year-old seemed to be all over, but with the transfer window ending on Tuesday night, the London club is eager to bring the youngster in as part of their squad overhaul.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has reported that “Chelsea are back in direct talks with Benfica for Enzo Fernández. They want the player at all costs.”
Chelsea Want to Sign Enzo Fernandez ‘at All Costs’
🚨 Chelsea are back in direct talks with Benfica for Enzo Fernández. They want the player at all costs — Chelsea would be prepared to pay €120m fee. 🔵🇦🇷 #CFC
Benfica president Rui Costa has still no intention to accept — but Chelsea will insist to get the deal done now. pic.twitter.com/CFhiVsv9no
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 29, 2023
Benfica Want More Money for Their Superstar
Chelsea have already had a bid rejected from the Portuguese club, as they claimed a player of Enzo Fernandez’s stature warranted more money.
Though it seems like a staggering amount of money given their expenditure in recent times, Romano stated that the club are prepared to pay the player’s £106 million release clause, which would make the 22-year-old the Premier League’s most expensive signing ever.
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Could This Be a Stunning Way to Round Off Chelsea’s Transfer Window?
Todd Boehly has been busy this window as Chelsea are currently riddled with injury woes. These incomings are likely to support Chelsea’s push for a top-four finish, with Malo Gusto, Joao Felix, and Mykhailo Mudryk among those who recently made the switch to west London.
To Chelsea’s delight, Ben Jacobs has stated that the midfielder “wants to leave” and provide his services elsewhere, with Stamford Bridge his most likely destination. Agreeing personal terms so late into the window should not cause any further issues given the player’s desire for the move to materialise.
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With time running out, however, Chelsea will need to act quickly to get the deal over the line before the transfer window slams shut.