Enzo Fernandez’s transfer to Chelsea, which was considered a certainty in the last few days, is currently at an impasse. The reason for this is that the English club first stated their intention to pay the release clause in the Argentine’s contract at Benfica, and then made another offer.
Already at the end of last year, the media in Portugal announced that Chelsea offered to pay an even higher amount than the clause in question, the size of which is 120 million euros. However, the Record has informed today that the current offer from the English club is for €90m (£75m) plus Hakim Ziyech and two other Chelsea players to be sent on loan to Benfica.
These include David Datro Fofana, who the Londoners have just bought from Molde, and Brazilian talent Andre Santos, whose transfer from Vasco da Gama has not even been officially confirmed yet.
This offer was rejected by the management of Benfica. This is what happened with the original proposal, which still included the release clause being paid, but in three installments. From the Portuguese club with adamant that they will release Enzo only for the full amount of the clause, and that paid in full.
Chelsea’s transfer games have apparently unnerved everyone at Benfica, as evidenced by the team’s coach Roger Schmidt’s press conference today, who accused Chelsea of disrespectful behavior towards the Portuguese club.
“We all know there is a release clause in the player’s contract. If he wants to leave and someone pays the clause, we will probably lose him. There is a club that wants him and is trying to tempt him, but they know they can they only have if they pay the clause because we don’t want to sell him. It’s disrespectful to all of us, to Banfica. They drive the player crazy. They pretend they intend to pay the clause and then they want to negotiate,” Schmidt commented during at today’s press conference.