Todd Boehly sends private jet to finalise Chelsea’s staggering £115m move for Enzo Fernandez
Chelsea are pushing hard to secure a deadline day move for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez after sending a private jet to Lisbon for negotiations, according to reports.
It looks like Todd Boehly is set to continue his mega-spending spree after submitting a bid worth up to £115m for the Argentine.
If the deal goes through, Fernandez will become the Premier League’s most expensive player ever, so there will be massive pressure on him to perform.
This is according to talkSPORT, who claim that Boehly has sent a private jet to the Portuguese capital to finalise the negotiations.
Despite time running out to secure the midfielder’s services, Chelsea are reportedly still optimistic of coming to an agreement.
TalkSPORT host Jim White gave the update on Fernandez’s potential switch to London. On Tuesday morning, he said: “Members of Chelsea’s medical staff are in Lisbon, a plane is in Lisbon.
“They are ready to get this done and fly the boy over here.
“Chelsea may have to be patient up until the final moments of the window to land their man.
“Benfica’s lack of response to the offer may suggest the club are mulling over their next step but as it stands, there is still no breakthrough for the Blues.”
With his release clause having been met by Chelsea, Fernandez is allegedly urging the Benfica hierarchy to let him make the stunning move to the Premier League.
He was also left out of the Portuguese giant’s squad for their game against Arouca, after missing training on Monday.
Chelsea owner Boehly has spent enormous amount on bolstering Graham Potters squad this month, after bringing in the likes of Mykaylo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Joao Felix (loan), Noni Madueke and Malo Gusto.
But he has saved the most expensive deal to last with Fernandez, who could arguably become one of the Blues most important players.
Potter is certainly in need of midfield reinforcements too, with Jorginho now set to join Arsenal in a shock move, while N’Golo Kante has also been linked with a summer departure.
Fernandez has been in excellent form this season, making 16 appearances, scoring one goal and making five assists.
Where he caught the eye in particular, though, was playing in the World Cup for Argentina, where he put in consistently high-level performances and scored a fantastic goal against Mexico in the group stages.
Indeed, Fernandez was a key player as he helped his country to their first World Cup victory since 1986, attracting interest from several top European teams, including Liverpool.
Now though, Chelsea are the only candidate still in a chance of sealing a deal for the Argentine. But, there is still plenty of work to do, so this deal could go right down to the wire as we near the 11pm deadline.
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