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Benfica issue update on the future of €120 million-rated Real Madrid target

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Amidst the constant speculations regarding the future of Enzo Fernandez doing the rounds, his club SL Benfica have issued an official statement claiming that the 21-year-old will not be sold in the upcoming January transfer window.

The young midfielder is one of the most sought-after commodities in the transfer market currently, with some of the biggest clubs across Europe interested in him.

Indeed, the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG have all shown an interest in securing his services from Benfica, whom he joined only last summer from Argentine outfit River Plate.

Fernandez has a release clause worth €120 million and reports have suggested that Benfica will demand any interested party to shell out that sum if they wish to sign the World Cup winner.

Earlier today, DAZN carried quotes allegedly from Benfica president Rui Costa which read (h/t Ben Jacobs): “We don’t want to give up Enzo Fernandez in January, but we are willing to please the boy in the event of a €120 million offer.”

But, now, Benfica have officially stated that their president never issued any comments regarding the future of Fernandez, while also insisting that they intend to keep the midfielder at the club until the end of the season.

“We insist saying that our intention is to keep Enzo here until the end of the season. Benfica clarify that our president Rui Costs never spoke to DAZN about the situation of Enzo Fernández,” the statement read (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in Enzo Fernandez, albeit as a possible alternative for their primary midfield target Jude Bellingham.

But with things progressing well in their pursuit of the Englishman, the Merengues might cool off their interest in the World Cup’s Best Young Player.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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