Chelsea continue to impress everyone with their incredible spending this season. Todd Boehly has felt his club needed strengthening and has broken the bank for it. Following weeks of mad talks and negotiations, the English club have managed to secure the signing of the best young player of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.
The Argentinian midfielder managed to make the leap to European football after a good season under the orders of Marcelo Gallardo. However, it was after excelling at the World Cup that several European giants turned their attention to him. And without a doubt, the one that led the race at all times despite the refusal of the Portuguese club was Chelsea.
The Blues made several offers to Benfica but all were rejected by the ‘Eagles’. The Portuguese side were clear that they would not let their young star leave for less than the 121million his buy-out clause indicated. This was a fact that caused the negotiations to stall due to Chelsea’s reluctance to pay such a large sum of money for such a young player and above all because of the big spending they have already done this season.
However, the London club are in no position to skimp on signings and finally went all out to land the Qatar 2022 World Cup winner.
It is worth remembering that Graham Potter’s team had already invested 460 million euros this season in transfers, which is more than the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A combined. To this figure, which includes the January signings of Mudryk, Badiashile, Madueke, Santos, Datro Fofana and Joao Felix, must be added the arrival of Malo Gusto who will play for Olympique Lyon until the end of the season and now the star signing: Enzo Fernandez (120 million). Chelsea therefore become the first club in history to spend more than 500 million on transfers in a season.
Enzo Fernandez joins his fourth club in his career after playing for River Plate, Defensa y Justicia and Benfica. The Argentine has played 149 official games in his career, scoring 20 goals and providing 18 assists. The youngster’s palmares may not be extensive yet, but considering that he is 22 years old and has already won a World Cup title and played a key role for his national team, the Argentinian has great potential for the future.