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Enzo Fernandez enjoying highly impressive season with Benfica after Wolves transfer links

Back in June, Wolves were linked with a move for exciting Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

The club were keen to land the 21-year-old from River Plate, and had apparently even sent scout Mathew Hobbs to try and close a deal.

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In the end though, nothing materialised.

It was reported that Jeff Shi had decided against a move for the South American youngster.

In the end, Fernandez completed a move to Bruno Lage’s former club Benfica for around £15 million.

And quite simply, the deal is looking like one of the bargains of the summer, with Fernandez having made a highly impressive start to 2022/23.

Fernandez has started all 13 of Benfica’s games across all competitions so far this season.

He has chipped in with three goals so far, but he has been totally dominating games from the midfield.

The star is proving himself to be a sensational playmaker, regularly recording pass completion rates above 90%. He is also often the man with the most touches in games.

In the recent 2-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League, Fernandez had 96 touches (via Sofascore) – the most of any player on the field – and completed 68/71 (96%) passes. It was a truly dominant performance against a big team on the biggest stage.

It has been a perfect start for Benfica in 2022/23 so far, winning all 13 of their games. And Fernandez has been central to everything good about Roger Schmidt’s side.

Wolves missed out on a gem in Enzo Fernandez

Fernandez was a serious prospect at River Plate and he is already quickly developing into a top player at Benfica.

It is unclear why Wolves ultimately didn’t complete a deal for the starlet. It had been suggested at one stage that his desire to stay and play in the Copa Libertadores for River had been a factor.

But Wolves’ loss is very much Benfica’s gain, with the Portuguese outfit looking very strong right now with him in the midfield.

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Wolves did of course go on to sign Matheus Nunes from Sporting CP.

The 24-year-old was a major coup for Bruno Lage, and has the potential to become a world-class player.

But Fernandez cost Benfica just £15 million, and it feels as though Wolves maybe ought to have signed him as well for that kind of money.