127 million from Chelsea for Enzo Fernandez
Chelsea have paid Benfica a €127m release clause to release central midfielder Enzo Fernandez. The strong Argentine playmaker, a great protagonist in the World Cup with his national team, where he won the award for best young player of the tournament, as soon as the championship competition ended he was immediately paid attention by the main European clubs.
Chelsea, being in search of a central midfielder, preferred to pay the 120 million clause and add 7 million, to have the possibility of deferring the payment in several installments. In fact, the regulation concerning the release clauses provides that the payment takes place in a single solution, unless the two clubs agree, as happened between Benfica and Chelsea.
Chelsea’s next goals
Now within the London club, the problem arises of finding a solution for Jorginho, being Enzo Fernandez, a central midfielder with characteristics similar to those of the Italian international. There are several European clubs on Jorginho, in particular Barcelona could be interested, in the event of the departure of De Jong, requested by Manchester United, on a negotiation basis that is around 80 million.
Another club, which has shown interest in the Brazilian midfielder is Napoli, would look to him if Lobotka were to leave, in this case it would be a return to the past where he had played 133 games scoring 2 goals.
Chelsea with the operation of Enzo Fernandez, is the club that has spent the most on the market since the new president Boehly took office. Exactly 550 million have been spent to ensure the performance of 9 players, ranging from 80 million for Wesley Fofana(80) to 15+5 for the young Casadei taken from Inter.
Operations on Gapko and Ronaldo
Enzo Fernandez’s operation follows those of two other players who participated in the World Cup. That of the Dutch Gapko bought by Liverpool for the sum of 45 million from PSV and the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, after being released from Manchester United, to the Arabs of Al Nassr, for the monstrous sum of 1 billion dollars, with the signing of a contract until 2030.