Benfica President Rui Costa is said to have intervened to advise star midfielder Enzo Fernandez against joining Chelsea for a variety of reasons.
The Blues have made the talented young Argentina international one of their top midfield targets, but according to the Times, Costa has allegedly highlighted the club’s problems in an attempt to talk him out of moving to Stamford Bridge.
Costa reportedly told Fernandez that moving to Chelsea now could be detrimental to his development, as well as highlighting the current insecurity at the west London club as a result of so much change under new owner Todd Boehly, with the team currently sitting sixth in the Premier League table under Graham Potter.
Fernandez would be an excellent addition to Chelsea’s midfield, with Potter likely to benefit from replacing N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez is in action.
Both players have been below par for quite some time and will be out of contract at the end of the season.
Fernandez could be ideal for giving CFC a new long-term option in that area of the field, but it remains to be seen whether Benfica will make it easy for them to sign him.
If the 21-year-old takes Costa’s advice, he may conclude that one of Chelsea’s rivals is a better fit for him.