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Chelsea set to make fresh transfer swoop for Benfica star Enzo Fernandez

10:38 AM EST 1/29/23
Enzo Fernandez
According to reports from Portugal and Argentina, Chelsea are set to make a fresh bid for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez.
  • Chelsea's previous bid was rejected
  • Benfica demand €106m buy-out clause paid up front
  • Decision rests with Benfica president Rui Costa

WHAT HAPPENED? Benfica's World Cup-winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez is one of the hottest properties in world football right now. Chelsea emerged as the frontrunners to sign the 22-year-old at the start of the January transfer window, only to see Benfica knock back their advances. However, the Blues have not given up hope, with TyC Sports reporting that a fresh bid of €100m plus a Chelsea player of Benfica's choice is on the table.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The ball is in Benfica's court right now. They're under no pressure to sell, but the improved offer reportedly gives president Rui Costa the chance to acquire a Chelsea player of his choice, which may be tempting.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Fernandez is not pushing for a move, and will happily wait until Benfica and Chelsea reach an agreement. Whether that happens in this window remains to be seen.


WHAT NEXT FOR ENZO FERNANDEZ? Chelsea are running out of time to seal a deal for Fernandez, who is due back in Primeira Liga action for Benfica against Arouca on Tuesday.