Manchester United and Liverpool transfer target Enzo Fernandez speaks out on his future


    Enzo Fernandez is wanted by several big Premier League teams after his World Cup performances for Argentina
    Enzo Fernandez is wanted by several big Premier League teams after his World Cup performances for Argentina (Picture: Getty)

    Enzo Fernandez insists he remains fully focused on Benfica amid speculation he is set to make a move in the January transfer window.

    The Argentina international has emerged as one of the best young midfielders in the game following a thrilling World Cup campaign.

    Fernandez only joined the Portuguese giants in the summer, signing from River Plate, but he is already attracting attention from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

    The 21-year-old, also crowned young player of the tournament following Argentina’s triumph in Qatar and is also wanted by Real Madrid.

    Liverpool had emerged as early front runners but UOL Esporte now report United have taken the lead in the race for his signature.

    Fernandez has a release clause of £106million in his contract at Benfica with United informing the club they are prepared to meet that in full.

    With that development in mind, the report claims United are now the clear favourites to sign Fernandez, with Liverpool likely to focus their efforts on signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.

    Enzo Fernandez joined Benfica from River Plate in the summer
    Enzo Fernandez joined Benfica from River Plate in the summer (Picture: Getty)

    Benfica resume their domestic campaign on Friday against Braga and Fernandez mantains he will leave negotiating with his current club, or any suitors, to his agent.

    ‘I don’t know about my future or proposals, that’s what my representative is taking care of.

    ‘I don’t want to get into the subject. I am focused on Benfica, we have a game on Friday.’

     

    Liverpool, meanwhile, will have anything but a free run on their No.1 target, Belligham, who was showered with praise by Jurgen Klopp ahead of their Boxing Day clash against Aston Villa.

    Asked whether Bellingham’s World Cup performances could put him out of Anfield’s financial reach, Klopp replied: “I don’t like to talk about money when you talk about a player like him. Everyone can see he is just exceptional.

    ‘If you mention to someone who has no clue about football: ‘How old do you think Jude Bellingham is?’ I don’t think anyone would get even close to his age. They would say 28 or 29 because he plays so mature.

    ‘He played an exceptional World Cup. Absolutely exceptional. With all the things he has and things he can improve, to describe him I would say the things he can do are difficult to learn, and the things he can improve are easy to learn. He is a really good player.

    ‘What can I say? I have thought that already for two or three years since he had his breakthrough at Dortmund. Everybody knew already but I have no idea what that means for the money side of it.

    ‘ I really think if we all want to do him a favour then we do not talk too much about money. I mean that from an England point of view. Do not throw any hurdles in his development.’

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