Former Premier League forward Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez is a “decent” young player but not worth the £105million price tag that Chelsea are reportedly willing to pay.
Benfica have made it clear that they are only willing to let Fernandez leave in January if his €120million release clause is met.
Fernandez, who joined Benfica from River Plate for a reported initial fee of just €10m (£8.8m) last summer, played a key role as Argentina won the World Cup and was named Best Young Player of the World Cup.
“Watching him, he looked so composed, didn’t he? In such big games [in the World Cup] and [was] always getting on the ball,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.
“[He was] something they missed out on in the first couple of games, Argentina.
“But £105m? I don’t think you can pay that off a World Cup.
“I don’t think he was outstanding if that makes sense. I think he looked nice on the ball, he’s aggressive and did well for the team.
“He’s a decent player, but…
“Maybe it’s the age. When players are so young… He’s 21. And Chelsea, yeah, they’re desperate [for a new midfielder]
“But for me, I wouldn’t pay.”