Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez has specified which midfielder Blues chairman Todd Boehly should sign, perhaps losing Manchester United a top player worth £70 million.
Fernandez was a key target for Chelsea in the months leading up to the January transfer window.
This was partly because of his exceptional World Cup performances for Argentina, as he played in all seven games and contributed to Lionel Scaloni’s squad winning the prized championship.
During the winter transfer window, negotiations between Chelsea and Benfica came to a standstill after the two clubs couldn’t agree on his possible price. Fernandez’s release clause was worth the full £107 million, according to Benfica, but Chelsea refused to pay it.
Fernandez became the most expensive player in Premier League history after Chelsea finally gave in and paid Benfica the outrageous price.
Since then, he has appeared nine times for Graham Potter. The 22-year-old is still getting used to life in England, but he has the ability to develop into one of the top midfielders in the Premier League.
Even though Chelsea spent a lot of money on Fernandez, the midfield might use some assistance this summer.
There have been rumors of Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, and N’Golo Kante leaving Liverpool.
Fernandez has chosen the midfielder he wants to team up with in the upcoming campaign and has told Boehly of his choice.
Chelsea is given the go-ahead by Enzo Fernandes to seek a Brighton player.
The player in question is Alexis MacAllister of Brighton, who also played a key role in Argentina’s World Cup success the previous year.
Erik ten Hag is keeping an eye on Mac Allister at Manchester United. On the other side, Fernandez would rather see his native move to Stamford Bridge.
As usual, Brighton will be a tough negotiator. They have set a £70 million price on Mac Allister’s head because they don’t want to lose him just yet.
This would deter most teams, but Boehly has demonstrated that he is willing to spend a lot of money to elevate Chelsea’s team to the top of Europe. The likelihood that Chelsea will match that £70 million estimate when the transfer window reopens is very high.
Mac Allister would undoubtedly seize the opportunity to join Potter’s crew. Towards the end of the season, his father, Carlos, acknowledged that there will be “possibilities” for his son to make a significant transfer.
Although Mac Allister has a close bond with Brighton, he is unlikely to ask for a transfer. Brighton will be helpless to stop him from progressing in his career if Chelsea agrees to spend £70 million for him.
Fernandez and Mac Allister have the potential to be an outstanding midfield pairing at Chelsea. Fernandez’s main responsibility is to control play from deep and to defend the defense.
Mac Allister would be permitted to advance and support the attackers in the final third during this time.
The 24-year-prior old’s relationship with Potter is another factor to take into account. At Brighton, they worked together, and Potter was crucial to the playwright’s success.