Chelsea’s deal with Benfica for Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez is said to have fallen through. Following his heroics for Argentina in the 2022 World Cup, when he won the Young Player of the Tournament award, he became the focus of significant transfer speculation.
Cesar Luis Merlo, a South American journalist, revealed that talks between Chelsea and Benfica had broken down. He posted on Twitter;
“The negotiation for Enzo Fernández to go to Chelsea collapsed: Benfica gave up selling him outside the clause after several days of negotiation.”
The Portuguese club is demanding that the English team pay the player’s £106 million release clause in full.
The Blues suggested an arrangement in which they would pay the price in three installments in order to avoid financial fair play regulations. They’ve also stated that they will not move from their existing valuation, despite having already submitted a bid of roughly £100 million.