Chelsea make record bid for Enzo Fernandéz – Offer higher than exit clause

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Chelsea make record bid for Enzo Fernandéz – Offer higher than exit clause

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Offer higher than exit clause 

Benfica’s summer signing Enzo Fernández played his first game in Europe on August 2, followed a month and a half later by his debut for Argentina, and next January the 21-year-old World Cup winner could already become the most expensive midfielder in football history. All this within five months.

Zidane, De Bruyne & Co. – The most expensive midfielders in history

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20 Thomas Partey | Atlético -> Arsenal | Fee: €50m

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2020/21
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20 Bernardo Silva | Benfica -> Man City | Fee: €50m

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2017/18

20 Alex Teixeira | Shakhtar -> JS Suning | Fee: €50m

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2015/16

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19 Jorginho | Napoli -> Chelsea | Fee: €57m

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2018/19

18 Fred | Shakhtar -> Man United | Fee: €59m

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2018/19

14 Miralem Pjanic | Juventus -> Barça | Fee: €60m

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2020/21

14 Tanguy Ndombélé | Lyon -> Tottenham | Fee: €60m

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2019/20

14 Naby Keïta | RB Leipzig -> Liverpool | Fee: €60m

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2018/19

14 Oscar | Chelsea -> Shanghai SIPG | Fee: €60m

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2016/17

13 Rodri | Atlético -> Man City | Fee: €62.7m

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2019/20

12 Bruno Fernandes | Sporting -> Man United | Fee: €63m

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2019/20

11 Kaká | AC Milan -> Real Madrid | Fee: €67m

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2009/10

10 Casemiro | Real Madrid -> Man United | Fee: €70.7m

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2022/23

9 Thomas Lemar | Monaco -> Atlético | Fee: €72m

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2018/19

8 James Rodríguez | Monaco -> Real Madrid | Fee: €75m

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2014/15

6 Arthur | Barça -> Juventus | Fee: €76m

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2019/20

6 Kevin De Bruyne | Wolfsburg -> Man City | Fee: €76m

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2015/16

5 Zinédine Zidane | Juventus -> Real Madrid | Fee: €77.5m

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2001/02

3 Aurélien Tchouameni | Monaco -> Real Madrid | Fee: €80m

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2022/23

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3 Kai Havertz | Leverkusen -> Chelsea | Fee: €80m

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2020/21

2 Frenkie de Jong | Ajax -> Barça | Fee: €86m

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2019/20

1 Paul Pogba | Juventus -> Man United | Fee: €105m

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2016/17

According to consistent media reports from reliable sources, Chelsea are very interested in signing Fernández as early as January, which would require the Premier League club to trigger his €120 million release clause. Sports journalist César Luis Merlo, one of the best football sources in South America, reports that the Blues even offered €127m to avoid the payment terms of the exit clause.

While the transfer fee would be due in one instalment if the clause is activated, the terms could be renegotiated if an offer above the clause is made, thus adjusting the structure of the deal to keep Chelsea within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play boundaries. “Financial fair play is starting to get some teeth and that will limit ability to acquire players at any price,” Chelsea owner Todd Boehly said in July.

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Benfica recently made it clear that they want to keep their high-flyer until the summer to bolster their own title ambitions. The Portuguese top club, undefeated in all competitions this season, are also still in the running in the Champions League, where they will meet Club Brugge in the round of 16 in February. Club president Rui Costa is ready to negotiate a sale with Chelsea in January, according to South America expert Merlo, but the chance of a deal is small. The Times, meanwhile, reported that Benfica had offered Fernández, the biggest market value winner in 2022, a new contract that would give him a significantly higher salary and in return Benfica would increase his exit clause to €200m.

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42 Gonçalo Ramos – Benfica | +€22m

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Market value: €30m +275.0% in 2022

41 Giorgi Mamardashvili – Valencia | +€22m

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Market value: €25m +733.3% in 2022

40 Matheus Nunes – Wolves | +€23m

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Market value: €45m +104.5% in 2022

39 Roméo Lavia – Southampton | +€24m

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Market value: €25m +2,400.0% in 2022

38 Phil Foden – Man City | +€25m

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Market value: €110m +29.4% in 2022

37 Christopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig | +€25m

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Market value: €80m +45.5% in 2022

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36 Wesley Fofana – Chelsea | +€25m

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Market value: €65m +62.5% in 2022

35 Ronald Araújo – Barcelona | +€25m

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Market value: €60m +71.4% in 2022

34 Cristian Romero – Tottenham | +€25m

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Market value: €60m +71.4% in 2022

33 Lisandro Martínez – Man United | +€25m

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Market value: €50m +100.0% in 2022

32 Randal Kolo Muani – Frankfurt | +€25m

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Market value: €37m +208.3% in 2022

30 Pierre Kalulu – AC Milan | +€25m

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Market value: €35m +250.0% in 2022

30 Ibrahim Sangaré – PSV Eindhoven | +€25m

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Market value: €35m +250.0% in 2022

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29 William Saliba – Arsenal | +€26m

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Market value: €50m +108.3% in 2022

28 Amadou Onana – Everton | +€27m

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Market value: €35m +337.5% in 2022

27 Jurrien Timber – Ajax | +€28m

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Market value: €45m +164.7% in 2022

26 Min-jae Kim – Napoli | +€28.5m

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Market value: €35m +438.5% in 2022

24 Ousmane Dembélé – Barcelona | +€30m

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Market value: €60m +100.0% in 2022

24 Bruno Guimarães – Newcastle | +€30m

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Market value: €60m +100.0% in 2022

23 Julián Álvarez – Man City | +€30m

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Market value: €50m +150.0% in 2022

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22 Gabriel Martinelli – Arsenal | +€32m

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Market value: €60m +114.3% in 2022

21 Alexis Mac Allister – Brighton | +€32m

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Market value: €42m +320.0% in 2022

20 Anthony Gordon – Everton | +€32m

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Market value: €40m +400.0% in 2022

19 Vitinha – PSG | +€33m

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Market value: €45m +275.0% in 2022

18 Moisés Caicedo – Brighton | +€33m

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Market value: €38m +660.0% in 2022

17 Jude Bellingham – Dortmund | +€35m

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Market value: €110m +46.7% in 2022

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15 Bukayo Saka – Arsenal | +€35m

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Market value: €100m +53.8% in 2022

15 Federico Valverde – Real Madrid | +€35m

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Market value: €100m +53.8% in 2022

14 Luis Díaz – Liverpool | +€35m

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Market value: €75m +87.5% in 2022

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13 Marc Cucurella – Chelsea | +€35m

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Market value: €55m +175.0% in 2022

12 Mykhaylo Mudryk – Shakhtar | +€36m

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Market value: €40m +900.0% in 2022

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11 Darwin Núñez – Liverpool | +€38m

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Market value: €70m +118.8% in 2022

10 Cody Gakpo – PSV Eindhoven | +€38m

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Market value: €60m +172.7% in 2022

9 Rodrygo – Real Madrid | +€40m

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Market value: €80m +100.0% in 2022

8 Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – Napoli | +€44m

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Market value: €60m, +275.0% in 2022

7 Jamal Musiala – Bayern | +€45m

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Market value: €100m +81.8% in 2022

5 Gavi – Barcelona | +€50m

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Market value: €90m +125.0% in 2022

5 Aurélien Tchouameni – Real Madrid | +€50m

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Market value: €90m +125.0% in 2022

4 Rafael Leão – AC Milan | +€50m

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Market value: €85m +142.9% in 2022

2 Antony – Man United | +€50m

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Market value: €75m +200.0% in 2022

2 Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig | +€50m

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Market value: €75m +200.0% in 2022

1 Enzo Fernández – Benfica | +€50m

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Market value: €55m +1,000.0% in 2022

Portugal’s record champions acquired Fernández’s services for a fee of €12m from youth club River Plate in the summer of 2022. The price included a 25% sell-on clause. Should the newly-crowned World Cup winner move to London for €127m in January, €31.75m of that amount would go to Buenos Aires.

This transfer fee would make Fernández the most expensive midfielder and most expensive Argentinian in the history of football. In total, only four players have cost a higher transfer fee. Among midfielders, he would replace Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United for €105m in 2016, and among Argentines, Gonzalo Higuaín, whom Juventus bought with the Pogba millions in the same summer. Since his transfer to Europe, Fernández has played 34 games for Benfica and Argentina, losing only to Saudi Arabia and advancing to become arguably the most coveted midfielder alongside England youngster Jude Bellingham.

Di María, Verón & Co. – The most expensive Argentinians in history

20 Ángel Di María | Benfica -> Real Madrid | Fee: €33m

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19 Rodrigo De Paul | Udinese -> Atlético | Fee: €35m

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18 Javier Saviola | River Plate -> Barcelona | Fee: €35.9m

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17 Gabriel Batistuta | Fiorentina -> Roma | Fee: €36.2m

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16 Emiliano Buendía | Norwich -> Aston Villa | Fee: €38.4m

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15 Gonzalo Higuaín | Real Madrid -> Napoli | Fee: €39m

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12 Leandro Paredes | Zenit -> PSG | Fee: €40m

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12 Sergio Agüero | Atlético -> Man City | Fee: €40m

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12 Hernán Crespo | Lazio -> Inter | Fee: €40m

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11 Paulo Dybala | Palermo -> Juventus | Fee: €41m

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10 Javier Pastore | Palermo -> PSG | Fee: €42m

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9 Juan Sebastián Verón | Lazio -> Man United | Fee: €42.6m

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8 Nicolás Otamendi | Valencia -> Man City | Fee: €44.5m

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6 Cristian Romero | Atalanta -> Tottenham | Fee: €50m

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6 Mauro Icardi | Inter -> PSG | Fee: €50m

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5 Hernán Crespo | Parma -> Lazio | Fee: €56.8m

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4 Lisandro Martínez | Ajax -> Man United | Fee: €57.4m

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3 Ángel Di María – Man United -> PSG | Fee: €63m

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2 Ángel Di María | Real Madrid -> Man United | Fee: €75m

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1 Gonzalo Higuaín | Napoli -> Juventus | Fee: €90m

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