Chelsea are now reportedly prepared to cough up over £100million to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

According to TyC Sports journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, Chelsea have sent a new message today to Benfica president Rui Costa about the 22-year-old midfielder.

It is explained that the Blues have said they will improve their offer again to €120million (£106million), which would be paid “in various payments”.

In addition, Costa’s current stance remains the same, and he doesn’t want the player leaving Benfica this month.

Journalist Luis Merlo reports on Twitter: “Chelsea informed Benfica that they are willing to improve the offer to €120M without players involved, but in various payments. For now, Rui Costa continues with his position of not parting with him. The footballer remains on the sidelines.”

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Enzo Fernandez pursuit

This is another intriguing update in the frantic Fernandez saga, which appears to have been reignited after plenty of speculation earlier on in the January window.

Luis Merlo, who’s been covering updates on the Benfica star today, claimed earlier on Sunday on his Twitter that Chelsea made an offer worth around €100million (£88million) plus a player.

It looks like the Blues have returned with a fresh attempt just hours later.

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Chelsea appear to be doing everything they can to try make Benfica budge in the final few days of the January window.

It’s been a crazy month with so many fresh faces arriving at Stamford Bridge, including right-back Malo Gusto from Lyon on Sunday morning.

However, Fernandez would be the absolute icing on the cake if a deal can be sorted for the all-action central midfielder.

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