Todd Boehly eyes Enzo Fernandez Chelsea deal with repeat of Christopher Nkunku transfer trick


Chelsea interim sporting director and co-owner Todd Boehly could look to repeat a transfer trick of his to land a deal for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez. The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge ahead of the January window, with the Blues in need of a midfield rebuild.

Fernandez has impressed at a young age, seeing his stock continue to rise during the World Cup, where he was a key player in Argentina's eventual triumph. It led to him winning the Young Player of the Tournament award, with plenty of reports since claiming interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs. Benfica have since responded with an official statement on his future, where they said that their aim is to keep Fernandez until the end of the season. The statement read:

"We insist saying that our intention is to keep Enzo here until the end of the season."

However, an approach from Chelsea may have changed things slightly within the Benfica hierarchy. That's because CBS journalist Ben Jacobs claims that there is now a divided opinion on the club's board because of how large the fee is that the Blues are willing to pay in January.

The report also states that the west London club are willing to pay over the midfielder's release clause, that way Benfica earn more from the deal and are inclined to agree, while Chelsea have the payment terms work in their favour rather than paid all in one go with a release clause. It was a similar trick Boehly has used to manufacture a deal with RB Leipzig for Christopher Nkunku, with the forward joining in the summer.

With Benfica's insistence on the midfielder staying at the club, perhaps this is something that could also be agreed, though the first priority will be landing Fernandez in January. It shows exactly how refined Boehly's negotiating skills are in making sure all parties are satisfied in a deal.

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