Enzo Fernandez is set to become the most expensive player in the history of British football as he closes in on a move to Chelsea, just months after Wolves could have signed him.
The midfield maestro has had a whirlwind past few months.
The star had been catching the eye over in Argentina with River Plate, and was seen as one of the most talented players in South America.
Wolves caught wind of him, and apparently were quite interested.
Supposedly, Matt Hobbs flew over to Argentina to try and tie up a deal.
But a move never materialised, and there were suggestions that the player’s desire to play in the upcoming Copa Libertadores was a factor.
Fernandez did play in the competition, but River were knocked out in the round of 16 after a goalless draw with Velez Sarsfield in July.
Following this, Benfica swooped for the star, paying around £16 million in total.
Fernandez has dazzled for the Portuguese giants since his move, helping the team to the top of the league table under Roger Schmidt. They’re also into the last 16 of the Champions League.
And then, of course, Fernandez took the World Cup by storm with Argentina. He was ultimately named the Best Young Player of the tournament, as Argentina won in Qatar.
Fernandez’s rise has seen him become one of football’s most coveted players.
And it looks as though it is Chelsea who will be his next destination.
The Blues are set to fork out £112 million for the 21-year-old, which is to be paid over three years (via Daily Mail).
That’s actually a higher sum than his release clause, which was around £104 million.
That would make him the new most expensive transfer by a British club.
A truly remarkable rise for Chelsea-bound Enzo Fernandez, which Wolves will now watch up close
So it looks as though Fernandez is bound for the Premier League.
It is going to be very interesting to see how he gets on, especially under the weight of such a transfer fee.
It has been an incredible past six months or so for him.
Wolves will now have front row seats to watch the youngster they could have had for around seven times less than his reported new price tag.