Benfica have now released an official statement signaling their intentions to keep Liverpool target Enzo Fernandez until the end of the season.
90 Min had reported that Jurgen Klopp’s men had contacted super-agent Jorge Mendes to seal a deal for the Argentine sensation.
Bola Na Rede in Portugal also claimed that Liverpool were keen on breaking their transfer record by triggering the £106 million release clause in place to sign Benfica star Enzo Fernandez.
Fernandez, described as the “complete midfielder” by Pablo Zabaleta (relayed by TEAMtalk) shone in the middle of the park for Argentina on their road to becoming world champions for the first time since 1986.
The gifted midfielder was so influential to Lionel Scaloni’s side that he was recognised as the FIFA Best Young Player at the tournament.
As has been discussed in detail, Liverpool need fresh faces in midfield and badly.
With Jordan Henderson and James Milner north of 30, as well as Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho being quite inexperienced, signing a midfielder of the quality of the World Cup phenom would be ideal.
BENFICA RELEASE STATEMENT ABOUT KEEPING ENZO FERNANDEZ UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON.
Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has relayed an official statement released by Benfica about keeping Liverpool target Enzo Fernandez until the end of the season.
“We insist saying that our intention is to keep Enzo [Fernandez] here until the end of the season.”
The Portuguese giants also denied the fact that club director Rui Costa had a chat about Fernandez’s future with DAZN.
“Benfica clarify that our president Rui Costs never spoke to DAZN about the situation of Enzo Fernandez.”
IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD FOR LIVERPOOL IF ENZO FERNANDEZ STAYS IN JANUARY
Ultimately, it always seemed like a stretch that Liverpool would be able to convince Benfica to sell a key player like Enzo Fernandez in January.
As a result, the Merseyside-based club, who seem to be on the up again should prioritise bringing in Fernandez next summer.
If Liverpool miss out on Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez after waiting patiently in the aftermath of said statement, as well as other priority midfield targets, it is at that point where panic setting in is understandable.