Chelsea target Enzo Fernandez is set to miss Benfica’s game against Arouca tonight as the Blues look to seal a £105million deal for the midfielder – according to reports – but the player is now said to be closer to staying put.
Argentina’s World Cup hero has been chased by the west London outfit for most of the January transfer window, with the move for the midfielder becoming topsy-turvy after being called off and then put back on track.
Chelsea believe a deal for the 22-year-old can be done today and fans have claimed to have spotted a private jet land in Lisbon to conclude the transfer. But supporters may be concerned by reports from Portuguese outfit Record, who claim that while Fernandez will not feature for Benfica in tonight’s clash, he is actually now closer to staying with the club than leaving.
There is still ‘no agreement’ between the two clubs, the report adds, with Benfica ‘trying everything’ to keep him in the Portuguese capital until the end of the season. Fernandez is ‘not in a position’ to feature against Arouca it adds having been absent from training on Monday and only undergoing gym work.
Sealing the £105m deal would make Fernandez Britain’s most expensive footballer and bolster Graham Potter’s squad at a time when the club are struggling in 10th place and set to lose midfielder Jorginho to rivals Arsenal in a £12m switch.