Chelsea are about to break the bank once again, before the conclusion of the winter transfer window. The Blues are close to completing the arrival of an Argentinian midfielder for an XXL sum.
Author so far of a large-scale winter recruitment with more than 200 million euros in expenditure, including 70 million euros for the only Ukrainian attacking midfielder Mykhaylo Mudryk, Chelsea have never seemed so close to sealing a new XXL transfer. According to information released by several English media, including The Times and Sky Sportsthe club from the London capital is close to completing the arrival of Enzo Fernandez, the Argentinian midfielder of Benfica Lisbon.
An agreement is about to be concluded between the two parties for an arrival at Stamford Bridge of the 2022 world champion, while the Portuguese leaders and the coach of the Lisbon club Roger Schmidt had hitherto rebuffed their English counterparts. Chelsea are willing to match the release clause included in the 22-year-old’s contract, which runs until June 2027, for €120m. To comply with the rules of financial fair play, the club based in Stamford Bridge wants to pay this sum in several installments.
Chelsea have met Enzo Fernandez’s record-breaking €120m release clause 🤑pic.twitter.com/40dDqwsp0m
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 30, 2023
29 Benfica appearances
If the deal is confirmed, the native of San Martin will become the most expensive transfer of this winter transfer window and the second most important transaction ever carried out in January, behind the 135 million euros disbursed in January 2018 by FC Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho. Named best young player of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Enzo Fernandez has worn the Chelsea jersey since the summer of 2022, and his arrival from River Plate for “only” 14 million euros. Since the start of the 2022-2023 season, the player with 10 caps and one goal with Albiceleste has played 29 games in all competitions, for 4 goals and 7 assists.