'Keep an eye': Chelsea could launch sensational last-minute bid to sign £106m star now - journalist
Journalist Simon Phillips has claimed to GiveMeSport that Chelsea could still launch a sensational effort to sign Enzo Fernandez this month.
The Blues seemed to fall short in their efforts to sign the 21-year-old at the start of the January transfer window. After reports that they were close to securing a deal for the World Cup’s young player of the tournament, it emerged that they fell way short of the £106m required to trigger his release clause.
It was claimed that the priority had shifted to Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, with Roberto de Zerbi unable to guarantee that he would stay this month.
However, last week saw their first bid for the Ecuadorian rejected swiftly, although interest reportedly hasn’t faded completely this month.
Nevertheless, Phillips has claimed that there may be a return for Fernandez in Chelsea’s sights as we approach the final week of the transfer window.
He said: “Chelsea were close to agreeing on this deal with him to start with. That was until both sides of the board moved the goalposts on it. Then Benfica felt disrespected and the deal pretty much stalled.
“It could be reignited, so I do think that might be one to keep an eye on in the last week of the window.”
A midfielder is certainly high on the agenda for the London side, as they look to put the final touches to what has been a remarkable January transfer window.
The signings of Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke will be sure to bring excitement again to Stamford Bridge, after what has been an underwhelming season in front of goal.
However, midfield is certainly an area that needs addressing, with the potential that both Jorginho and N’golo Kante don’t extend their stays at the club.