According to Portuguese reports, midfielder Enzo Fernandez of Benfica is now attempting to sign with Chelsea before the end of the January transfer window.
Chelsea and Benfica have been in talks for a few weeks, but they haven’t been able to agree on a deal for the World Cup winner from Argentina.
Chelsea’s attempt to meet Fernandez’s €120 million (£105.4 million) release clause by offering the fee in installments has been rejected by Benfica, who have been insistent that Chelsea must pay that amount.
In contrast, earlier this month, Fernandez was disciplined by Benfica for attempting to force his move to Chelsea by missing two training sessions and returning to Argentina without permission for New Year’s celebrations.
After scoring in Benfica’s Portuguese Cup victory over Varzim, the midfielder appeared to indicate that he wanted to continue his celebration.
However, according to Record, Fernandez has expressed to Benfica his desire to join Chelsea before the transfer window closes on Tuesday evening.
In addition, the report asserts that Chelsea hierarchy members are currently traveling to Lisbon to directly negotiate with Benfica, much like they did earlier this month when they secured a deal ahead of Arsenal for Mykhailo Mudryk.
In the meantime, Chelsea and Benfica believe they can reach an agreement before Tuesday’s deadline, according to The Telegraph.