Chelsea’s pursuit of Enzo Fernandez has seemingly hit a roadblock. Benfica have been insistent on the fact that his price tag is his release clause worth €120 million. But, the Premier League side have never discussed paying the entire clause in one go.
There were plans for them to pay extra, with a fee worth €127 million being discussed which would be paid in instalments. However, according to Fabrizio Romano, the final bid from the Blues was worth only €85 million.
Enzo Fernandez offer from Chelsea turned down
“There is a club that wants him, they tried to attract him, but they know that they can only have him if they pay the clause,” Benfica coach Roger Schmidt said on Thursday.
“It’s disrespectful to all of us, to Benfica, they’re driving the player crazy, they pretend they want to pay the clause and then they want to negotiate.”
Talks between the two clubs have seemingly collapsed after the bid from Chelsea. Although Enzo Fernandez has agreed personal terms for a move to England, it will not be possible without the release clause being triggered.
Fernandez would become the most expensive signing in the history of the English top flight if he were to join for €120 million. And while he is keen on leaving Benfica in January itself, it will not be possible without Chelsea reaching an agreement.