Liverpool have reportedly agreed terms to sign Argentina star Enzo Fernandez next summer.
This news, courtesy of La Capital, will likely come as a blow to the recruitment team at Manchester United, who have made no secret of their admiration for the Benfica midfielder.
The report claims Fernandez has been tied up quickly by Jurgen Klopp to stop potential future bids from United, who were linked before and after his summer move to Portugal from River Plate.
Fernandez has enjoyed a stellar World Cup thus far, with his country reaching the semi-finals. The 21-year-old will be hoping to help his team-mates reach the final when they take on Croatia on Tuesday. Make sure to check the sportingbet sign up offer to guarantee the best odds ahead of the eagerly awaited final.
Manchester United fans may well have eyes on several midfielders at this year’s World Cup, but few have been as good as Fernandez. It would be a blow to see him sign for Liverpool knowing he has been on the club’s radar for some time.
The Argentine’s profile has raised due to his performances on the greatest international stage, but after joining Benfica in the summer, the Portuguese outfit won’t be under any pressure to sell unless his €120m release clause is paid. They hold the cards and will demand a big transfer fee to let go of his services.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has also heard about Liverpool’s interest in signing Fernandez, although he doesn’t think a move will happen in January.
“On Enzo Fernandez, many rumours on this fantastic Argentina player,” Romano said on his YouTube channel.
“Important to clarify. First point: Benfica wants to keep the player in January, so only crazy things can change this story.
“Second point: it’s true that Real Madrid and Liverpool are interested but at the moment they are not negotiating with Benfica.
“Third point: there is a release clause in the contract of Enzo Fernandez and it is €120m.”
Lionel Messi has been keen to offer his plaudits of the upcoming Argentina star.
“I’m not surprised by Enzo. I know him and I see him train every day. He deserves it because he’s a spectacular player,” Messi told reporters after Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico during the group stages in Qatar.
Wherever he ends up next, Fernandez is destined for a bright future in the game.