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'Very good player but bloody hell!' - Chelsea's €127m Fernandez bid leaves Neville stunned as he suggests Man Utd also overpaid for Antony

17:39 GMT+3 03/01/2023
Enzo Fernandez Argentina 2022
Gary Neville has suggested that Chelsea are paying over the odds for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez amid talk of a €127 million (£112m/$134m) bid.
  • Midfielder starred at 2022 World Cup
  • Named Young Player of the Tournament
  • Could soon be heading to England

WHAT HAPPENED? The 21-year-old midfielder, who is currently on the books of Portuguese side Benfica, saw his stock soar in Qatar when helping his country to a prestigious global crown and himself to the Young Player of the Tournament award. A big-money transfer quickly became a case of when, not if, for Fernandez and there are suggestions that Chelsea are prepared to invest a nine-figure sum in his obvious potential.

WHAT THEY SAID: Former Manchester United defender Neville is baffled by the prices being bandied about, with the ex-England international posting on Twitter: “Are Chelsea paying €127m for Enzo Fernandez? That’s one hell of a price. A very good player but bloody hell!”

When it was put to him that United paid €95m (£84m/$100m) for Brazil international forward Antony in the summer of 2022, having previously smashed the world transfer record when re-signing Paul Pogba in 2016, Neville added: “Agree with Anthony (he’s a lot to do to get to 95m price tag). Pogba had pedigree when he signed for United so not comparable.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Fernandez only joined Benfica in June 2022, having come through the ranks at River Plate in his homeland, and has taken in just 25 appearances for the Portuguese heavyweights.

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WHAT NEXT? He could soon be heading to the Premier League, with Chelsea ready to splash the cash again in January having already shelled out over £250m ($300m) in the last transfer window on the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marc Cucurella.