Liverpool are interested in signing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica, and his representative is now touring Europe to discuss a deal
According to Fabrizio Romano, who has been speaking about Fernandez’s future on YouTube.
According to Romano, Benfica will not sell Fernandez for less than his €120 million (£106 million) release clause.
That is a startling sum to pay, but Benfica is standing hard and will not accept a discount on their star midfielder.
According to Romano, Fernandez’s agent is currently on his way to Europe to explore a possible move, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Real Madrid all keen.
“With Benfica, the position is fairly obvious – the player will only leave in one case; if one team triggers the €120 million clause, Benfica will not accept anything less,” Romano explained. “It is true that his representative is traveling to Europe to meet with clubs. The Premier League is Enzo’s most likely destination.”
“One critical point: I’m informed it has to be something quick, else Benfica would sell Enzo in the last days of the window,” he continued.
Liverpool have already pulled off a coup for a Manchester United target, securing Cody Gakpo in a last-minute deal ahead of the January transfer window.
There are also rumblings of a move for Fernandez.
According to O Jogo, Liverpool and Manchester United have both increased their efforts to capture Fernandez.
With Fernandez’s agent already in Europe, Liverpool could be planning a double January arrival with Fernandez joining Gakpo.
AGENT MAY FEEL AS LIVERPOOL TARGET, NOW IS THE TIME TO MOVE DEAL WITH ENZO FERNANDEZ
Uriel Perez is Fernandez’s principal agent, and he may believe that now is the time to make a big move.
Fernandez joined Benfica from River Plate this summer and has already made a huge impact.
In 24 Benfica appearances, the 21-year-old has three goals and five assists, but his big break came with Argentina.
Fernandez was spectacular after fighting his way into Argentina’s World Cup squad, winning the tournament as a champion and the Best Young Player title.
The midfielder’s value has never been higher, and Perez may push for a transfer.
It just seems implausible that Liverpool will spend £106 million on Fernandez in January.
That would effectively take them out of the hunt for Jude Bellingham in the summer, and a spend of that magnitude after signing Gakpo would be stunning.
Nonetheless, Fernandez is a big talent, and Liverpool may believe it’s now or never, making him a significant name to watch in January.