With the January transfer window only a couple more days away, Chelsea have picked up pace in their efforts to strengthen their squad. The Blues have already have signed David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos, while also being close to landing Benoit Badiashile.
And, according to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo that Chelsea are already in negotiations with SL Benfica to secure the signing of Real Madrid target Enzo Fernandez in a deal worth €127 million.
Fernandez earned his spurs at River Plate before securing a move to Europe this past summer, when he signed for Benfica. The 21-year-old quickly became an integral part of the team in Portugal, garnering the attention of several top clubs across the continent.
The interest in the midfielder has only intensified after his impressive displays at the FIFA World Cup 2022 where he helped Argentina win the trophy. Fernandez was named the Best Young Player of the Tournament in Qatar.
Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Fernandez, although they were only looking at the Argentine as a Plan B in case they fail to land their primary target, Jude Bellingham.
There has also been major interest from Manchester United and Liverpool as well, but it seems like Chelsea will beat everyone to the punch in the race for Fernandez.
As per the report, the Blues are negotiating the structure of their payment of a total of €127 million package to Benfica. The two parties are working on deciding the fixed part of the fees and bonuses.
And while the operation is not anticipated to be easy, Chelsea seem to be pushing ahead for the signing of Fernandez.
If the midfielder ends up signing for the Blues, Real Madrid will have to ensure that they do not miss out on Bellingham’s signing. The 19-year-old is said to be leaning towards a move to the Bernabeu and the Merengues are also ready to shell out more than €100 million to sign him up.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.