Dean Jones has revealed he got a message within the last 48 hours about how Chelsea target Enzo Fernandez is now agitated.
The Lowdown: Transfer saga continues
Unless Chelsea or Todd Boehly come out and categorically say they won’t move for Fernandez, it appears as though this saga will drag on for the entirety of the summer.
This is because according to Benfica’s manager, Chelsea were seemingly telling Fernandez they would pay his release clause, only to then try and negotiate a lower fee which has seemingly left the midfielder far from settled.
It’s been reported that Benfica will not accept anything less than Fernandez’s release clause which is said to be over £100 million, so it remains to be seen whether or not Boehly bends to those demands.
The Latest: Fernandez left agitated
Jones has admitted on The Done Deal Show that Chelsea target Fernandez is far from happy with his current club Benfica over the way they’ve handled his situation amid transfer interest.
(29:20) “I think that Enzo Fernandez, I got a message last night basically just saying, the way this has all turned out has left the player himself pretty agitated.
“He’s frustrated that Benfica more than Chelsea have put him in this situation where he can’t leave.”
The Verdict: Chelsea must pay the release clause or move on
It showed last night that Chelsea and Graham Potter are in need of some reinforcements this month as a whole load of the players that came off the bench against Manchester City were just teenagers, compared to their opponents who were able to call upon the likes of Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez.
Therefore, if Chelsea are so desperate to land Fernandez, who has indeed only played 14 games of league football in Europe during his career, then they will have to quickly shell out for his monster release clause or move onto someone else.
Should Chelsea move on from Fernandez?
This is because it will be of no benefit to Potter if Fernandez is pursued all window, no other midfield targets are recruited and then it gets to the final days and Benfica turn around and say they won’t talk to Chelsea anymore and don’t budge on the release clause as the Blues will just be hamstrung for the second half of the season.