Chelsea’s pursuit of Argentina and Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now “closed”, this information was made known by Benfica manager Roger Schmidt. The Blues who have completed the signing of Portuguese star Joao Felix have been in talks with the Portuguese club about signing the 21-year-old 2022 World Cup winner but have failed to reach an agreement.
Enzo Fernandez will not Join Chelsea
He celebrated scoring in Benfica’s 2-0 Portuguese Cup win at Varzim on Tuesday by thumping the badge on his shirt. The manager said: “I’m glad this question is closed and now we can focus on football again.” Fernandez, who joined Benfica from River Plate in August, has a release clause of about £106m.
“It was very important for Enzo to return to play with his team and for Benfica. Rumours of proposals and opportunities, that’s part of football,” added Schmidt, who has previously labelled Chelsea’s approach for Fernandez as disrespectful.”
“The important thing is how the player and the club deal with the situation. It was all very open and sincere.” “I never had any doubts about his character, personality and attitude. An extraordinary player who loves to play football and for Benfica.”