Fernandez hunt reignited as Boehly continues spending spree as UEFA introduces the new financial fair play to cub new regulations
Chelsea have already signed six players in the January transfer window, but owner Todd Boehly is not satisfied and will maintain his aggressive market approach.
The Blues have already spent about £152 million on six players this month. Mykhaylo Mudryk, Joao Felix, Noni Madueke, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, and David Datro Fofana have all joined Graham Potter’s team, with more on the way.
Boehly wants to turn around the club’s current slump as fast as possible and his way of doing so is obvious: transfers.
A central midfielder and a right-back are the current priorities and there is a week left to get business done. Here are the latest rumours concerning the west London side.
Fernandez has been replaced by Blues.
According to Record, Chelsea will launch another big-money bid for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez.
According to the Portuguese newspaper, the Blues are ready to relaunch their proposal and hurl ‘everything’ at Benfica before the deadline. Chelsea were said to have agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old Argentina international earlier in the transfer season, only for talks between the two teams to fall through.
According to the Guardian, the move follows Brighton’s rejection of Chelsea’s £55 million bid for Moises Caicedo. The negotiations for Fernandez will restart this week, but Benfica is hesitant to sell.
The Blues also want to sign a right-back before the transfer window closes in seven days and have identified Lyon’s Malo Gusto as a target.
France under-21 international Gusto is a good back-up to the injured Reece James. Lyon do not want to lose the 19-year-old this month and will do all possible to keep him until the summer, when he will enter the final year of his contract.
Nonetheless, Chelsea will make an official bid in the coming days to put their determination to the test. Laurence Stuart, who will start as a technical director at Chelsea soon and has strong experience of Ligue 1 from his time at Monaco, has expressed interest.