Argentina’s World Cup champion Enzo Fernandez, according to O Jogo, is prioritizing a move to Premier League powerhouse Liverpool, despite interest from Manchester City, Barcelona, and Real Madrid.
Benfica took the risk and done what no one else was ready to do just six months ago. They triggered Enzo Fernandez’s River Plate contract’s £18 million release clause.
Even the most optimistic, glass-half-full Benfica fan could not have predicted how far Enzo would come in such a short period of time.
On Sunday night at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium, the 21-year-old playmaker posed for photos while wearing a World Cup winner’s medal around his neck, the Young Player of the Tournament award in one hand, and the Jules Rimet in the other.
Meanwhile, his asking price has risen from £18 million to roughly £100 million, with the Portuguese giants unwilling to let Enzo go for anything less than his eye-watering release clause.
LIVERPOOL LEAD THE CHASE TO SIGN WORLD CUP WINNER ENZO FERNANDEZ FROM ARGENTINA.
The Merseyside giants have already reached an arrangement with Enzo’s team, according to La Capital. O Jogo has now backed up his claim. Liverpool also intends to match any bid made by rival suitors, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, and Manchester United among those batting their eyelashes in the direction of a playmaking’genius’ compared to a young Zinedine Zidane.
Liverpool is apparently given ‘priority’ by Enzo.
The opportunity to become the most expensive signing in the history of one of Europe’s most illustrious footballing institutions clearly appeals to Enzo. And, based on his spectacular achievements in the Qatar World Cup, he is not a man who gives in to pressure.
Liverpool also has a good working relationship with Benfica. Last August, they agreed to a £64 million deal for Darwin Nunez.
“He has a bright future,” Argentina captain Lionel Messi said of Fernandez, who started the final victory over France on Sunday. “Enzo is really intelligent. He has a lot of charisma and makes terrific passes. Spectacular.”
“The level at which he plays is really astonishing. “At only 21 years old,” adds Jose Peseiro, a former Real Madrid coach.
“At Real Madrid, the best player I worked with was Zinedine Zidane. Of course, I don’t want to make comparisons. But I’m referring to Enzo’s fleeting and startling vision, which is reminiscent of Zidane.
“Is Enzo 21 years old? That’s either a falsehood or he’s a genius!”