The name ‘Enzo Fernandez’ is still a bit of a sore subject for some Wolves fans – but he could actually now end up helping the club out, with Liverpool reportedly now wanting the star.
The midfielder has made an impressive start at the World Cup with Argentina. He made headlines on Saturday for scoring a brilliant goal against Mexico in their 2-0 win.
Before Qatar, Fernandez had been enjoying an outstanding season with Benfica.
He is a mainstay in their midfield, and is the heartbeat of everything good about Roger Schmidt’s side.
He moved there from River Plate in the summer, after Wolves were linked with a £17 million move for him.
It was claimed that Matt Hobbs – now Wolves’ new sporting director – had even flown to Argentina to try and tie up a deal.
In the end a move did not materialise, and Fernandez moved to Benfica after crashing out of the Copa Libertadores. Supposedly, his insistence on staying at River Plate to play in that competition was a reason Wolves didn’t do the deal.
Fernandez’s market value has skyrocketed since the start of the season, and it’s clear he’ll become a top-class midfielder.
According to three of Portugal’s biggest new outlets (via Liverpool Echo), Liverpool are now interested in the 21-year-old.
And that is interesting because Fernandez is a box-to-box midfielder.
Prior to the Fernandez links, Liverpool were said (UOL) to be interested in Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes.
It could now be that the Reds prioritise the Argentine, giving Wolves a greater chance of keeping Nunes beyond next year.
Liverpool’s interest in Enzo Fernandez might be good news for Wolves in terms of retaining Matheus Nunes
There is a potential irony here in that Fernandez could now help Wolves keep one of their best players.
Many neutrals were surprised to see Nunes make his £42 million move to Molineux.
It was felt that he was perhaps ready to join a club that was in the Champions League. Some still expect him to leave Wolves after just one season.
Liverpool have a major need for a player of his type, and so reports linking them to Nunes have been a bit concerning.
But if they plumped for Fernandez instead, there would, in theory, be less of a need for them to go after Nunes.
That said, there could still be several other clubs looking to make a move of their own for Nunes.
And of course, it all goes out the window if Wolves actually get relegated. Nunes will be one of the first out the door, even if Liverpool sign Fernandez instead.