Enzo Fernandez, a midfielder for Benfica, impressed for Argentina at the World Cup last month and is reportedly “very close” to signing for Chelsea, according to reports.
Enzo Fernandez of Argentina is currently being negotiated by Chelsea for a club record fee of £112 million from Benfica.
The 21-year-old has largely reached a personal agreement with Chelsea and even skipped training with Benfica to try to force a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante’s contracts expire at the end of the current campaign, and the latter hasn’t played since August due to injury.
There is a push for new recruits across the squad as Potter attempts to reenergize his team with youthful energy, with midfield being the first position of focus.
The 21-year-old midfielder, having made an impression for Argentina at the World Cup, has since been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
He was also linked with a move to Liverpool and Real Madrid. However, it appears that Graham Potter’s team has won the race to sign him to a massive £112 million deal.
If the Blues had agreed to pay the entire amount at once, they would have run the risk of violating Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, which would have affected their ability to acquire future players.
The transaction is expected to be completed as soon as possible as Potter works to improve his midfield options during the January transfer window.
As part of their effort to adhere to UEFA financial fair play regulations, Chelsea wants to pay the transfer fee for Fernandez in three £37.5 million installments.
Chelsea is one of four Premier League clubs on a UEFA financial watch list after spending £273 million over the summer.
In addition to pursuing Fernandez, it’s said that Chelsea is nearing a £35 million agreement to sign Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, whose arrival is anticipated to be announced later this week.
Before finalizing a transfer to Stamford Bridge, the 21-year-old international from France is scheduled to have a medical.
Potter is eager to add new players in the January transfer window, but he doesn’t want his team to consider that possibility.
After his team’s stalemate at Nottingham Forest, Potter said: “I’m not moaning about it because it’s a part of the season that we all have to deal with.
Because of the presence of people, there is constant noise and media that must be filled while the window is open.
It is typical since the January window provides individuals a chance to discuss issues. We must deal with it since it is a feature of modern football.”
Everyone involved wants to wrap up negotiations by the next week. Should negotiations fail, Chelsea would have time to consider other options like Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton and Edson Alvarez of Ajax.