Enzo Fernandez has emerged as a popular name among Liverpool supporters after the World Cup, and claims in Portugal are that Anfield is his “priority.”
Though he did not begin the tournament as a first-choice starter for Argentina, Benfica midfielder Fernandez became one of their most important players.
So much so that, after lifting the trophy in Qatar on Sunday, the 21-year-old was named Young Player of the Tournament, having led for touches, passes and tackles in the victory over France.
As the World Cup took place, links between Fernandez and Liverpool increased, with claims even that an agreement was already in place with the player himself.
No such deal has been struck with Benfica, of course, with a release clause worth €120 million negotiated into the contract signed when he joined from River Plate in 2021.
But speculation from Portugal continues to suggest that Merseyside is Fernandez’s preferred destination, with O Jogo now describing it as his “priority.”
This is despite interest from other clubs in England, Spain, Italy and France, with it even claimed that an agreement has been reached with his agent.
However, it is maintained that Benfica would not consider the sale of their No. 13 mid-season, though there is no stopping hands from being shaken on a summer transfer at this point.
Furthermore, River Plate news source River al Instante have claimed that Liverpool are preparing to offer £80 million for the midfielder, with £20 million of that going to the Argentine club.
That is due to a 25 percent sell-on clause being included in Benfica’s deal with River Plate last year, having only acquired 75 percent of the player’s rights.
This is typical practice for clubs in South America and elsewhere in Europe, though third-party ownership is outlawed in the Premier League.
Whether this structure would suit Benfica remains to be seen, though, with Fernandez’s performances in Qatar – and the widespread interest, if reports in Portugal are to be believed – only strengthening their stance in talks.
As it stands, sources on Merseyside have downplayed suggestions that a deal was already in place, but it is upheld that Liverpool had been tracking the midfielder.