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Benfica will demand €120 million for Real Madrid, Liverpool target, no room for negotiations

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Enzo Fernandez has suddenly become a much-wanted commodity in the transfer market following his rise in prominence over the past five months or so.

Having joined SL Benfica from River Plate in the summer, the 21-year-old has quickly become an integral part of the team in Portugal. Building on that, the midfielder enjoyed a brilliant run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, helping Argentina win the trophy.

Fernandez even won the Best Young Player Award at the World Cup. His rise in stature has not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid and Liverpool competing to sign the Benfica midfielder, although both clubs are also competing for Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund.

And, according to AS, Benfica have made it clear that any club wanting to sign Enzo Fernandez will have to pay his full release clause amount of €120 million, and that there is no room for negotiations when it comes to the transfer fee.

Considering that Benfica only shelled out a sum of €18 million to sign the 21-year-old from River Plate, the Portuguese giants stand to make a huge profit if either of Real Madrid or Liverpool or a different team altogether decide to splash €120 million for him.

They have a history of making big sales having sold Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid for a sum of around €120 million while most recently they offloaded Darwin Nunez to Liverpool for €100 million (including add-ons).

There had been reports that Liverpool had already reached a pre-agreement to sign Fernandez, but those claims have recently been dismissed.

But with Real Madrid now said to be in pole position for Bellingham, it is unlikely that they might go after Fernandez as well. However, if the England international does not arrive, one can expect the Merengues to after the Argentine ace with great intent.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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