Benfica sources have provided an update on Liverpool’s interest in signing midfielder Enzo Fernandez
Fernandez is presently representing Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar, where he has earned his way into the starting XI after started the campaign on the bench.
He will now compete in the World Cup final on Sunday, which will pit Argentina against France.
The competition has only helped Fernandez’s burgeoning profile in the football world, with the midfielder starring for Benfica so far this season.
He only joined the club in the summer from Argentine giants River Plate, but he appears to be on his way out.
That is because, according to the Portuguese newspaper Record, Liverpool has reached a “pre-agreement” with the player on a move to Anfield.
Benfica have now disclosed how close a move to the Reds is.
Enzo Fernandez is provided by Benfica. According to a Liverpool update 90min, the Portuguese giants will only trade Fernandez if interested teams pay the €120 million release clause in his Benfica contract.
That may deter some clubs, and it would break Liverpool’s current transfer record if they paid such a high amount.
According to the same source, rumors of an agreement with the Reds on the signing of Fernandez is ‘premature,’ and the Portuguese club is unaware of any such deal.
Furthermore, it is alleged that Liverpool has simply expressed an interest in the midfielder at this point.
With Fernandez currently concentrating on the World Cup, though, this arrangement may well come to an end once the tournament concludes.
Benfica will not return to league action until December 30, when they face Braga. The January transfer market, of course, starts two days later, which means that if the Reds can complete a deal fast, Fernandez may have played his final game for Benfica.