Liverpool could face paying £80million for Argentina World Cup hero Enzo Fernandez, according to reports in the South American country. The defensive midfielder’s reputation has soared following his excellent performances at the tournament.
Fernandez was awarded the World Cup Young Player of the Tournament following Argentina’s thrilling victory over France on Sunday. Several top clubs have expressed an interest in the Benfica star.
The 21-year-old only joined the Portuguese side from River Plate for around £10m in the summer but could already be on the move just six months later. Liverpool are expected to battle with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea for his signature.
But the Reds could face spending £80m on a January deal that would see Fernandez spend the remainder of the season in Portugal. Around a quarter of that figure would be owed to Argentine giants River Plate for their part in his development.
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That is according to River al Instante, who claim that Liverpool are strongly interested in a move for Fernandez. Benfica are set to make a huge profit on the World Cup winner, who has been superb in their midfield this season.
Upon signing Fernandez from River Plate in July, Benfica inserted a £100m release clause into the player’s contract. However, reports seem to suggest that the unbeaten Primeira Liga leaders would be willing to relinquish their best young player for slightly less.
Liverpool are desperate for midfield reinforcements. Jurgen Klopp’s largely ageing options have struggled with a gruelling season and an overhaul of the position is expected over the next few transfer windows.
Fernandez would initially provide competition for Fabinho before going on to be the long-term replacement for the Brazil international. Fabinho will turn 30 early next season and there is no clear succession plan, with Liverpool short of options in the defensive midfield role.
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