Sources: Chelsea sign Fernandez for record fee

Chelsea have agreed to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica and will meet the midfielder’s €120 million (£105m) release clause, according to ESPN sources.

Fernandez will move to Chelsea for a Premier League record transfer fee with a contract that runs through 2031, the sources added. The 22-year-old impressed for Argentina as they won the World Cup last year and was named the Young Player of the Tournament.

ESPN reported on Monday, that Fernandez had already agreed personal terms with Chelsea and was pushing the Portuguese club hard to reach an agreement with the Blues.

He becomes Chelsea’s seventh signing of a busy January transfer window, following Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana, Andrey Santos, Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke and Malo Gusto into the club.

The deal breaks the previous Premier League record fee of £100m that Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish when he joined from Aston Villa in 2021.

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