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€120 million Real Madrid target responds to future speculations: “I don’t know”



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Following a successful FIFA World Cup campaign with Argentina, Enzo Fernandez has become a wanted commodity in the transfer market.

The 21-year-old midfielder was named the Young Player of the Tournament in Qatar for his exploits for the world champions. Prior to that, Fernandez had made a major impression with his performances for SL Benfica, having joined the club in the summer from River Plate.

In 24 appearances for the Portuguese giants, he has scored three goals and set up five more for his teammates.

The young midfielder’s exploits have put him on the radars of top clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG, and Liverpool.

Real Madrid, for their part, are viewing Fernandez as a Plan B in case their pursuit of primary midfield target Jude Bellingham falls through.

In a recent interview, Fernandez was asked about the interest that he is generating from top teams across Europe. Responding to it, the 21-year-old World Cup winner insisted that his agents were handling everything and that he is focused on playing for Benfica.

“I don’t know about my future or proposals, that’s what my representative is taking care of. I don’t want to get into the subject. I am focused on Benfica, we have a game on Friday,” Fernandez said (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

As iterated earlier, Real Madrid see Fernandez as an alternative to Bellingham, who remains their priority. But if the Englishman chooses a move to the Premier League, Los Blancos could make a move for the World Cup breakout star.

Signing the Argentine international will not be cheap, however, with Benfica demanding that his full release clause worth €120 million be paid by any suitors.

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25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence



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According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.

Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.

The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.

The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.

“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.

Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.

Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.

As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.

In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.

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