Chelsea target Enzo Fernandez ‘tells Benfica he doesn’t want to play in their game on Friday night’ to force through his £112m move, as he begs president Rui Costa to give a transfer the green light
- Benfica star Enzo Fernandez is the subject of transfer interest from Chelsea
- Reports in Portugal claim he is trying to force through a move to the Blues
- Chelsea have offered over Fernandez’s £106m buy-out clause to seal the deal
- The deal would make him the most expensive signing in Premier League history
Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez is reportedly trying to force through a move to Chelsea by refusing to play in their game against Portimonense on Friday evening.
The Blues are understood to have made a £112million offer to the Portuguese club for the Argentine World Cup winner.
The current offer would make him the most expensive signing in Premier League history. The fee is above his £106m buy-out clause but would be paid in three instalments of £37.3m over three years.
Enzo Fernandez is refusing to play in Benfica’s match against Portimonense on Friday evening
The 21-year-old had already angered his club by defying orders not to fly back to Argentina, and has also infuriated supporters by going home to celebrate New Year’s Eve and missing two training sessions.
Fernandez has taken things one step further by telling Benfica that he doesn’t want to play in Friday evening’s Primeira Liga fixture, according to Portuguese newspaper outlet Ojogo.
The same report suggest that he has begged club president Rui Costa to push his transfer to Stamford Bridge through.
The midfielder has begged Benfica president Rui Costa (pictured) to push his transfer through
The 21-year-old had already angered his club by defying orders not to fly back to Argentina as he was pictured out celebrating on New Year’s Eve
Fernandez had from his heroics in Qatar, where he helped Argentina win the 2022 World Cup, last week to feature in Benfica’s 3-0 Liga NOS defeat to Braga.
He then opted to fly to Buenos Aires following the Braga game to spend the New Year with his family, despite not receiving permission from the club.
Portuguese outlet Record reported that Fernandez was not present for either of Benfica’s two sessions on Monday and could even be handed a ‘heavy fine’ for breaching disciplinary regulations.
Benfica manager Roger Schmidt confirmed there would be ‘no exceptions’ for players travelling during New Year after Fernandez jetted back home.
‘We are a professional football team, the rules are for all players,’ Schmidt said.
Fernandez initially returned to Benfica last week after winning the World Cup with Argentina
‘It is very important for all players to rest between games, to be ready for the next game. There are no exceptions to that.’
Benfica have insisted all along they do not wish to sell Fernandez during the January window and have also offered him an improved contract.
The club have recognised the World Cup winner’s head has been turned by the attraction of moving to London in a lucrative deal.
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