Benfica: Why Fernandez's Chelsea signing took a hit on the wing

Enzo Fernandez’s transfer to Chelsea is not on the right track as announced in recent weeks. Benfica would ask too much money for his transfer.

Enzo Fernandez, Benfica

According to information obtained by ESPN, the signing of Enzo Fernandez at Chelsea is far from certain. The London club would not have offered more than the amount of its release clause, as reported by the press. The London formation would rather tick on the sum claimed by Benfica to sell its player. Namely the amount of the said clause, ie 120 million euros.

Results not up to expectations

The London formation would try to reduce the bill. Todd Boehly’s club has indeed spent a whopping 294 million euros to strengthen itself, since last summer. And he only sold for 56 million euros, validating departures such as Timo Werner (20 million euros) or Romelu Lukaku (on loan to Inter Milan). A recruitment that has not proved effective, as evidenced by the position occupied by the club in the Premier League.

The training coached by Graham Potter indeed points to the 10e position in the English ranking, after 18 days (and with two games behind). If she can potentially join the 5e place if she wins the two late encounters she has to play, the ambitions were somewhat higher. The London club have only had 1 success in the last 8 Premier League games. The spiral is therefore not positive.

Chelsea already active this winter

In recent weeks, Chelsea have been linked with many players. He has already obtained the reinforcement of David Datro Fofana for 12 million euros. Benoît Badiashile (Monaco) should follow. Ngolo Kanté, so important in recent seasons, should meanwhile leave. According to the latest news, he was heading for a departure for Saudi Arabia.

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Two clubs could benefit from this about-face: Liverpool and Real Madrid. The Reds would have offered 100 million euros a few weeks ago and would have been rejected by the Lisbon people. As for the people of Madrid, they would favor Jude Bellingham’s file (Borussia Dortmund) for the moment. A drop in Benfica’s claims could push them to reconsider the case.

Impressive during the World Cup, the 21-year-old has taken part in 25 meetings with his club this season. He scored 3 goals and gave 5 assists. His contract runs until June 2027, which implies that his managers have no urgency to transfer him and remain in a position of strength.

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