460.5 million euros spent excluding bonuses. New owner of Chelsea, Todd Boehly did not laugh for his first two transfer windows at the head of the English club. This winter, the Blues, who are only in tenth place in the Premier League, have again lined up the tickets to strengthen their workforce. Thus, for 178.5 million euros excluding bonuses, Mykhaylo Mudryk (Shakhtar), Benoît Badiashile (Monaco), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Andrey Santos (Vasco da Gama), David Datro Fofana (Molde) and Joao Félix ( Atlético de Madrid) have come to join the ranks of the London club. And Chelsea’s buying fever does not seem to be over… While an offer of around €74m is expected for Moisés Caicedo (21), Brighton’s promising midfielder, the other priority in this position, Enzo Fernandez ( 22 years old) is still in the sights of the Blues.
A file that animated the beginning of January and that we thought was closed. Starting in the clash to force his transfer, the former River Plate had seen his club stand firm and publicly hit the Blues approach. “We don’t want to sell Enzo, neither me nor the president. We all know he has a clause in his contract. If he wants to leave and if someone pays this clause, we can’t do anything. There’s a club that wants the player, that knows we don’t want to sell, that tries to get the player on their side when they know the only way to get him is to pay the clause. The situation is very clear. What this club is doing to try to sign Enzo is disrespecting Benfica.explained in particular the coach of the Aguias Roger Schmidt.
Towards a record transfer window
While we thought that the file was dead and buried, at least until next summer, all the more in the face of the compulsive purchases of Chelsea this winter, it is not so. So this Monday Record proudly announces that the club coached by Graham Potter has not said its last word and should return to the charge in this last straight line of the transfer window. Thus, another proposal should be made soon for the best young player of the last World Cup, according to the Portuguese media. While Benfica wants to keep his player and is optimistic since his release clause is €120m, Chelsea will do everything to try to bring the Portuguese club to heel.
Nevertheless, the situation is complicated, because it will be necessary to renew a dialogue with Benfica. And the words of Roger Schmidt released at the beginning of the month show that the task promises to be difficult for Londoners: “Making the player crazy, pretending he can pay the clause and then wanting to negotiate, that’s not what I understand of a good relationship between clubs who maybe want to discuss a player.” However, the will to sign him remains intact and Chelsea will have to study their approach carefully to try to convince Benfica. It will also be necessary to be very skilful, because the purchase of Enzo Fernandez would make Chelsea’s winter transfer window the most expensive in all history with more than 300 M € spent and it will not be necessary to exceed the limits set by the Fair -Play Financial. Chelsea still dream of Enzo Fernandez, but the mission remains very complicated…