Chelsea have agreed a deal to signal World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez from Benfica on an eight-and-a-half yr contract price £106.8 million.
A deal between Chelsea and Benfica over how the price can be structured was sealed within the last hours of the January switch window – a £30 million upfront price adopted by 5 instalments – with an settlement reportedly reached at 9:15pm UK time.
The switch has been confirmed in a press release by Benfica.
Fernandez joins Chelsea hours after the departure of midfielder Jorginho, who left the west London membership on deadline day for Arsenal in a deal believed to be £12 million.
Fernandez will reportedly fly to London on Wednesday, February 1.
The Argentina worldwide can be a welcome addition to Graham Potter’s facet, who’ve struggled within the early a part of the season and are going through the robust process of securing Champions League soccer.
He joined Benfica for £10m and has represented the membership 25 instances, scoring three objectives following his transfer from River Plate in July 2020.
Fernandez scored 12 instances and registered 10 assists in 53 video games for the Argentine Primera Division facet earlier than shifting to Europe. River Plate have a 25 per cent promote-on clause on Fernandez’s switch to Chelsea.
The midfielder, who performed a key function in Argentina’s triumphant World Cup marketing campaign, was offered with the Young Player of the Tournament in Qatar. Fernandez scored for Argentina of their essential group stage win in opposition to Mexico.
He performed solely thrice previous to their World Cup marketing campaign, making his debut in September.
Chelsea have been essentially the most lively Premier League membership within the January switch window. Their spending has now reached £322m this window with Fernandez turning into the eighth signing.
Fernandez has adopted Malo Gusto, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana, Mykhailo Mudryk, Andrey Santos and Noni Madueke to Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech was reportedly set to maneuver to Paris Saint-Germain on mortgage till the tip of the season, however the deal collapsed.
Several studies recommend Chelsea did not submit the paperwork in time for the transfer to be processed.
The Morocco worldwide has performed 98 instances for Chelsea since his arrival from Ajax in 2020, scoring 14 objectives.
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