Chelsea in Enzo Fernandez transfer blow as Benfica say deal is 'CLOSED' after 'disrespectful' bid | The Sun
BENFICA have said that Enzo Fernandez's proposed switch to Chelsea is CLOSED.
The Blues have been strongly linked with the Argentina World Cup star in recent weeks following his outstanding form in Qatar.
But the Portuguese outfit have been left angry with Chelsea's latest bid.
They were negotiating over his £105m buyout clause but saw their offer of cash plus players rejected by Benfica, who want the cash up front.
Manager Roger Schmidt described the offer as "disrespectful".
Fernandez is said to have informed the Primeira Liga that he wants to leave.
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But despite missing their recent victory over Portimonense,Schmidt has revealed that the deal is now off the table.
He said: "The Enzo story is closed, there's nothing left. He's our player.
“He's in a good position, Enzo is happy, training well, he's part of the team.
"He's a key player. That's all."
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Speculation over Fernandez's future looks likely to continue for the rest of the month despite Benfica's strong stance.
Chelsea could continue their pursuit and he's also been linked with a move to Liverpool and Newcastle.
As long as he stays at his current club Fernandez could return to action in the Taca de Portugal on Tuesday when Benfica face Varzim.
That's before they face a crunch Lisbon derby with Sporting next weekend, knowing victory will see them move 15 points clear of their rivals.
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