Chelsea did not hesitate to spend big during the January transfer window because Todd Boehly supported manager Graham Potter strongly in the market. Jorginho’s absence has troubled the Blues. Enzo Fernandez can be a perfect replacement for Jorginho.
Following the official unveiling of Noni Madueke on Friday night, Stamford Bridge now has six new players: David Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Joao Felix.
The club may still want to bolster its alternatives in the middle of the park, so their business in the transfer market may not be through after all.
Jorginho’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign. Chelsea could say goodbye to the Italian international by signing a replacement for him in the upcoming weeks. It can happen this month or in the summer when his contract expires.
Boehly now has the opportunity to succeed the former Napoli tycoon by rekindling his interest in signing Enzo Fernandez. Fabrizio Romano stated earlier this month that the Blues and the central midfielder had reached an agreement on personal terms. Negotiations with Benfica broke down over a transfer fee, with the star player’s release clause set at €120 million (£105 million).
Journalist Dean Jones told GIVEMESPORT that he wouldn’t rule out the club making another move for the Argentine star. The reporter said:
“I’ve spoken to a couple of people around Chelsea who say, while it is unlikely at the moment, they don’t have a new plan to go and fix that midfield problem they’ve got.“
“So if the alternative fallback options to Enzo Fernandez don’t come off, they might go back in for him again.”
Enzo Fernandez’s exceptional performance for Benfica
The Argentinean international’s performance for Benfica this season suggests that he may make a great Jorginho replacement. Thus Chelsea must now rekindle their interest in him.
The current Blues midfielder has made 17 appearances in the Premier League this season and has an average Sofascore rating of 6.88. He averages 3.3 tackles and interceptions and 0.4 key passes per game.
In contrast, Fernandez has averaged a 7.44 in 15 appearances for Benfica in the Portuguese top division. The 22-year-old has averaged 3.2 tackles, interceptions, and vital passes per game in Liga Portugal. It implies that, if he can adjust to English football, the gem might provide a comparable level of defensive protection. He is substantially more creative in possession than Jorginho.
According to journalist Roy Nemer, the midfielder has the ability to “game-change”. His creativity in the middle of the park might help Chelsea win games. Furthermore, his strength off the ball allows him to have an impact at both ends of the field.
Therefore, by signing Fernandez, the Blues could say goodbye to Jorginho without worrying about their possibilities in his position going forward. Fernandez will be a fantastic player for Potter to work with.
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