From Daniel Coogler
World Cup hero Enzo Fernandes is said to be on the verge of a move to Chelsea. In turn, the “Blues” will transfer a transfer fee of more than 100 million euros to his club, Benfica Lisbon, for the services of the central midfielder and the best performer in world champions Argentina when they win the title in Qatar.
A lot, very well, but it’s clear that the move is far from over and those involved in the Portuguese side are now even more furious at the London club’s actions. Benfica coach Roger Schmidt has now commented on the situation and has accused Chelsea of disastrous behavior in negotiations for their first star.
“There is a club that wants our player,” Schmidt began after the defeat against Sporting Braga, the club’s first league match since the Qatar World Cup, which was synonymous with Schmidt’s first defeat against Benfica after 28 unbeaten matches:
“You know we don’t want to sell this player,” said the 55-year-old without naming the club, but sparrows have been whistling for the English club’s efforts from the rooftops for weeks.
And Schmidt was visibly angry at the transfer behavior in question: the club is trying “to get the player on their side. But you know you can only have this player if you pay the stipulated transfer fee. So, it’s a clear and unequivocal situation.”
Benfica coach Roger Schmidt warned Chelsea
Concretely, this means that if Chelsea do not pay their contractual €120m exit clause, the player will remain in Portugal, with the 21-year-old still under contract until 2027. Even if the longtime Londoners have chosen Fernandes to be king Transfers and want to commit in the winter transfer period.
Once the German coach got going, he was furious: “What a club that wants to buy Enzo is doing is disrespectful – to all of us. I can’t accept what they’re doing there. They’re driving the player crazy, pretending you can pay the fixed fee. And then they want to negotiate.” I don’t think that’s the way the relationship should be between two teams who want to talk about a player.”
A clear warning to the “Blues” in flirting with midfielder Fernandez, who was named the best young player in the World Cup.
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