January 30, Portuguese Media Record reporters Nuno Miguel Ferreira and Nuno Martins updated
According to sources in the UK, Chelsea hopes to resolve the issue on January 30 local time. In this sense, they are expected to launch a final and decisive attack, and the delegation led by Chelsea’s technical director Wavell may soon go to Lisbon.
The Englishman is determined to introduce the 22-year-old Argentine midfielder and has proposed this method of payment for a transfer fee of 120 million euros.
But in the view of Benfica’s management, the installment payment period offered by Chelsea is too long.
Benfica categorically rejected this proposal, because Rui Costa’s attitude remains unshakable: Enzo can only leave in the winter window if the club immediately and fully agrees to pay the release clause in full.
The Record also stated that the negotiations between Benfica and Chelsea began in December, and Chelsea’s management will only decide to go to Lisbon if they can guarantee that they can solve the problem.
Also because the conversations between Rui Costa, Chelsea directors and Mendes were all friendly, although the head coach Roger Schmidt had previously criticized Chelsea, the situation at the management level was not too bad.
For Chelsea, there is a solution, which is to reach an agreement now and lease Enzo Fernandez back to Benfica, just like Gusto’s transfer.
(This is a hypothesis given by the Record, not the actual situation)
However, being willing to pay 120 million euros may not be enough to convince Benfica to give up this player. Considering Portugal’s tax issues, what Benfica actually hopes to get is 120 million after-tax income.
In addition, River Plate retains 25% of the transfer fee share, and Benfica has now paid a total transfer fee of 14 million euros for Enzo. If he stays in the team and completes all goals, he will pay the full amount of 10 million 8 million
Euro transfer fee.
In the end, the Record understands that Enzo Fernandes is more inclined to leave and wants Rui Costa to accept the €120m Chelsea are willing to pay, as that price is in line with the value of the release clause Benfica negotiated with him.
Of course, Benfica’s coaching staff also appreciates Enzo, he will not do anything strange, but he himself also hopes not to miss this opportunity to join Chelsea.