Gary Neville blasts Chelsea's £112m move for Enzo Fernandez

‘That’s one HELL of a price!’: Gary Neville blasts Chelsea’s £112m move for Benfica star Enzo Fernandez – insisting the Argentina World Cup winner doesn’t have the ‘pedigree’ to match his eye-watering fee

  • Gary Neville has slammed Chelsea’s £112m move for Benfica star Enzo Fernandez
  • The Manchester United legend took to social media to question his valuation
  • Fernandez won Young Player of the Tournament with Argentina at the World Cup
  • Neville thinks Fernandez does not have the ‘pedigree’ yet to justify his price tag 

Gary Neville took to social media to cast doubt over Chelsea’s £112million move for Benfica star Enzo Fernandez on Tuesday, insisting the fee is ‘one hell of a price’ for the World Cup winner.

The 21-year-old midfielder claimed Young Player of the Tournament in Qatar after helping Argentina and Lionel Messi to World Cup glory last month, piquing the interest of Todd Boehly and Graham Potter at Stamford Bridge.

Portuguese sources understand the Blues have since made a £112m offer for the Argentine youngster – a fee worth more than his £106m buyout clause – in an effort to pay the sum in three separate instalments of £37.3m over the next three years.

Gary Neville has blasted Chelsea’s £112m move for Benfica and Argentina star Enzo Fernandez

Chelsea’s offer is £6million more than Fernandez’s buyout clause with the Portuguese giants

Upon hearing of Chelsea’s proposal, Neville took to Twitter and said: ‘Are Chelsea paying €127m for Enzo Fernandez? That’s one hell of a price. A very good player but bloody hell!’

In response, fans swiftly questioned the Manchester United legend’s stance on Antony’s arrival at Old Trafford this summer, which cost the Red Devils £85.5m on deadline day. 

United’s £100m signing of Paul Pogba in 2016 was also referenced by supporters in comparison to Chelsea’s pricey move for Fernandez.

The ex-Manchester United star claimed Fernandez doesn’t have the ‘pedigree’ to justify the fee

The 47-year-old pundit said in reply: ‘Agree with Anthony  he’s a lot to do to get to €95m price tag). Pogba had pedigree when he signed for United so not comparable.’

Fernandez has scored three and assisted five in 25 matches across all competitions for Benfica this season, helping the Portuguese giants carve out a five point lead at the summit of the table.

Despite Benfica’s desire to keep their prized asset, the youngster is believed to be keen on the move to Stamford Bridge and negotiations between the two clubs are set to continue on Tuesday.




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