Benfica respond to Chelsea’s late attempt to sign Enzo Fernandez

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Portuguese giants Benfica have reportedly responded to Chelsea’s late attempt to sign Enzo Fernandez.

According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Benfica will once again resist any approach for the 22-year-old and will only let the midfielder leave if his €120million (£106m) release clause is paid in full.

Chelsea have reportedly remained in contact with Fernandez’s agent throughout the month and the midfielder is ready to demand a €2million loyalty bonus that he believes he is entitled to if Benfica continue to block a move.

Chelsea are keen on signing Fernandez this January as the Blues are aware there will be added competition for the Argentine in the summer. Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly ready to bid for Fernandez in the summer.

Speaking last week, Benfica boss Roger Schmidt said of his in-demand midfielder: “The issue with Enzo is closed. There is no issue anymore.

“So he is our player, he is in a very good condition, he is training well, he is happy here, he is part of the squad and he is a key player. So I think I have already said everything about him.”