Enzo Fernandez, the 21-year-old Argentine midfielder, has been making headlines recently due to his impressive performance at the 2022 World Cup and the potential transfer interest from European clubs, specifically Chelsea. While his current club, Benfica, has set his release clause at £106 million, Chelsea is reportedly willing to pay up to £112 million, though they prefer to do so on instalments.
However, Benfica is reportedly refusing to sell Fernandez and wants the release clause to be paid in full upfront, rather than in instalments. This tension has caused a rift within the club’s management and fan base, with some advocating for the sale while others insist on retaining the talented player.
Despite the rejection of Chelsea’s initial offer, the possibility of Benfica retaining Fernandez seems low, especially considering the player’s reported desire to move to Stamford Bridge and his recent actions that have angered the club’s management and fans, such as traveling to Buenos Aires to celebrate the new year without permission. It remains to be seen if Chelsea will make a new offer or walk away from the deal, but it is clear that Fernandez’s future is currently up in the air.