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Chelsea ready to pay club-record transfer fee for this World Cup winner

Chelsea are looking to jump ahead of the queue and win the race to sign Argentina’s World Cup star Enzo Fernandez.

Chelsea are looking to jump ahead of the queue and win the race to sign Argentina’s World Cup star Enzo Fernandez.

According to Portuguese outlet CM Journal, the Blues have sent representatives to Lisbon to negotiate a deal with Benfica for Fernandez.

The 21-year-old was one of the breakout stars during the World Cup tournament in Qatar and helped his nation to secure football’s holy grail for only the third time.


Fernandez had already established himself as one of football’s prized jewels with his stellar performances for Benfica.

However, his World Cup displays have seen his reputation and valuation skyrocket, with several clubs interested and Benfica unwilling to sell until his €120 million release clause is triggered.

The former River Plate man claimed the Best Young Player award at the end of the tournament and is one of the hottest properties in world football.


Liverpool were touted as the frontrunners to sign the youngster, and there were reports that the Reds already have a pre-agreement with Benfica to sign Fernandez. While Man United were rumoured to be leading the race for his signature after overtaking Liverpool.

However, Chelsea have now swooped in with the report claiming that the West Londoners have tabled an offer that effectively triggers Fernandez’s release clause.

Just less than a week ago, news broke out that an unnamed club had seen a bid of around €100m rejected for the Argentine sensation.


If Chelsea are successful in their bid to snatch the youngster from under the noses of their rivals, it could prove a shrewd acquisition for the Blues.

Benfica are determined to keep Fernandez at least until the end of the season, but a January move cannot be ruled out, especially if his release clause is triggered.

Chelsea want to reinforce their midfield with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante out of contract next summer. It is unclear whether or not either or both will pen new terms with the club, but Chelsea are being proactive in the market in case they decide to leave on a free transfer.

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