Official: Benfica confirmed the sale of Enzo Fernández to Chelsea for 121 million euros

At the age of 22, he became the “bomb of the market”

Benfica informs that the sale of all the rights of the player Enzo Fernández has been agreed with Chelsea for an amount of 121 million euros. It is also reported that Chelsea will have the right to retain the 3.78% solidarity mechanism for its subsequent distribution to the clubs that participated in the player’s training. In addition, Benfica SAD will incur charges for intermediation services of 6.56% of the sale value deducted from the solidarity amount and must also deliver to the river plate the amount corresponding to 25% of the transfer value deducted from the solidarity amounts and services of intermediation”.

With this statement that he sent to the media, the Portuguese cast confirmed the “winter market bomb”: the 22-year-old midfielder will move to the British team in the most expensive operation of an Argentine footballer in history, exceeding 31 million the sale of Gonzalo Higuaín from Napoli to Juventus. Shocking.

The player underwent a medical check-up in Portugal and is expected to arrive in London in the next few hours to sign their bond, which It will run until June 2031, that is, for seven and a half seasons. “We talked about it with Rui Costa -president of the Portuguese institution-, the deal is done, it’s part of football, but what matters is Benfica. Today I am not going to talk about players who are no longer here. Benfica is much bigger than any player. We need players who are happy playing for Benfica. If a player decides for himself that he wants to leave and a club pays the clause, we can’t do anything”, punished Roger Schmidt, coach of the Portuguese team, perhaps hurt by losing a transcendental figure.

The English team will pay the 121 million euros of the termination clause in six installments over five years, although the first outlay will amount to 45 million. River Plate, meanwhile, is rubbing its hands: it kept 25% of the capital gain and will also receive 3.5% as a solidarity mechanism. In total, taking into account what has already been perceived, the painting by Núñez will get approximately 52.5 million euros for the entire transaction.


It is also the sixth most expensive signing in the history of football, only surpassed by Joao Félix (127.2 million) at Atlético de Madrid, Philippe Coutinho (135 million euros) at Barcelona, ​​Ousmane Dembélé (140) also at the Blaugrana team, and Kylian Mbappé (180) and Neymar (220) at PSG.

It is worth remembering that the world champion with the Argentine team and the best young player in the last World Cup in Qatar arrived at Benfica in July, which opted for him and in just a handful of months he saw a record adaptation that caused those interested in his gem to will multiply Not to mention after his brilliant performance alongside Messi in the albiceleste jacket. In the Portuguese team, he played only 29 games, in which he accumulated four goals and six assists.

In one of the giants of the Premier, he will try to be an important piece in coach Graham Potter’s scheme for the team to recover in the local competition (it is tenth, with 29 points) and seek to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. League (The Blues will face Borussia Dortmund in a key that will begin in Germany on February 15).

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