'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.

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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.”

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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.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released