Chelsea transfer news: Blues have made a bid for Enzo Fernandez in last 24 hours

Chelsea have reportedly made a bid to sign Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez in the last 24 hours.

Portuguese newspaper Record reports on its front page of today’s edition that Chelsea have submitted a new offer for the 22-year-old midfielder.

It is understood that the Blues have launched a move for Fernandez that includes €100million (£88million) plus players in a swap deal.

However, the report explains Benfica’s president Rui Costa is standing firm and has a clear message that the Argentina international will only leave if his release clause is paid in full.

Also, Spanish duo Real Madrid and Barcelona are now said to be monitoring the South American star’s situation.

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The Guardian claimed yesterday that Fernandez has informed Benfica of his desire to leave them in order to complete a move to Chelsea.

Potter’s side were strongly linked with a move for the all-action central midfielder in the opening weeks of the January window, but the speculation had gone quiet before a revival in the past couple of days.

It’s certainly going to be an intriguing final week of the January window.

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There’s been some really eye-catching recruitment at Chelsea this month already.

The Blues definitely have more firepower at the top end of the pitch by adding attackers such as Joao Felix, Noni Madueke and Mykhailo Mudryk. New Blues centre-back Benoit Badiashile has helped the defence keep back-to-back clean sheets, too.

However, most fans will agree that there’s still something lacking in the centre of the park.

On paper, Fernandez has everything you want in a midfielder and would revamp the Chelsea line-up.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.