River Plate v Velez - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2022


Former Wolves target Enzo Fernandez completes Benfica move, and his release clause is huge

Enzo Fernandez was linked with a move to Wolves last month, but the midfielder has today been announced as a Benfica player – and he has a big release clause.

The Portuguese giants have officially signed the star from River Plate.

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Fernandez has signed a contract until 2027, and he said of his move: “Benfica has always been the first choice of so many I have had. I come to a club full of history and prestige. […] Being champion and winning many things at Benfica is the goal I have.”

Wolves reportedly wanted to sign Benfica last month.

Jornal de Noticias actually reported that Wanderers were very close to signing the talented 21-year-old, who was seen as one of the biggest talents in South America.

Wolves were even claimed to have sent chief scout Mathew Hobbs to Argentina to tie up a deal.

But things quickly went quiet, as speculation Benfica were going to sign him picked up.

Supposedly, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi decided against a potential move in the end.

Benfica have now officially signed Fernandez, with Fabrizio Romano reporting the club have paid €10 million (£8.6 million) fee up front, with €8 million (£6.7 million) to come via add-ons.

And Benfica have inserted an absolutely whopping release clause into his contract.

Should potential suitors want to sign him, then he will cost just under £102 million unless Benfica were open to negotiating.

Massive release clause shows how highly Benfica rate Enzo Fernandez, after Wolves’ failed pursuit

Who knows how close Wolves really came to signing Fernandez in the end.

But it is a real shame Wanderers couldn’t bring him in, as he would have made for a fantastic midfield addition.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – 2022/07/06: Enzo Fernandez of River Plate in action during the 2022 Copa Libertadores Round of sixteen second leg match between Velez and River Plate at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti. Final score; River Plate 0:0 Velez Sarsfield. Velez won the series. (Photo by Manuel Cortina/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Fernandez is exactly the kind of box-to-box midfield player Wanderers needed.

If it will be interesting to see how he gets on at his new club, and if he can get to a level whereby other clubs start to think about potentially triggering that massive release clause.