The 21-year-old midfielder scored in La Albiceleste’s 2-0 win over Mexico.
Enzo Fernandez has been linked with multiple big clubs across Europe ahead of the upcoming January transfer window. The 21-year-old has been impressive ever since his move from River Plate to Benfica. He has been in red-hot form in recent months. The big sharks across the top five leagues have an eye on the young Argentina talent.
Fernandez emerged as a huge prospect for the future while playing for River Plate back in Argentina. He joined Benfica for a fee of €12 million in the summer transfer window of 2022. The young central midfielder has proved his mettle in Liga Portugal while playing for Benfica. His performances have resulted in a call-up to the national team for the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
He has been sensational in the ongoing World Cup and might have already scored one of the most important goals in Argentina’s campaign. A goal that might have saved Lionel Messi’s World Cup dreams. Enzo was the star for Argentina alongside Messi last night as they defeated Mexico 2-0.
The South American side entered their second fixture in desperate need of a win. The young boy came on as a sub in the 57th minute of the game with the team needing a goal. Shortly after which Messi scored and Enzo Fernandez followed it up with a late strike. Enzo scored a banger in the 87th minute to seal the win for Argentina and keep their hopes alive. He has moved up the ranks in no time and is a huge talent that big clubs won’t like to miss out on.
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Top 5 clubs that can sign Enzo Fernandez in January
The struggle has been real for Chelsea in the ongoing season. The London club have had a tough time on the pitch and a fresh face in the midfield can surely be an answer to their troubles. Graham Potter’s side are currently eighth in the table with 21 points.
If they are to challenge for a top-four spot they will need to go big in the upcoming window. Potter prefers the 3-4-3 formation with two midfielders at its heart. Enzo perfectly fits his system and might be the missing piece in his jigsaw.
Erik Ten Hag’s United side have been looking for a new midfielder for a while. The Manchester-based club might have a go at Enzo in the January transfer window. A young box-to-box midfielder would surely help them seal a top-four spot in the Premier League and return to Champions League football. Ten Hag is believed to be a fan of the player and the move makes perfect sense.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are not the same old force they once were and injuries have played a big part in it. Key midfield players have suffered injuries at crucial junctures and bringing in young blood is a must at this point in time. With an aging midfield, it seems obvious that Klopp with look for a midfielder in January. Fernandez might soon be seen playing at Anfield because there is interest from the Merseyside club.
Newcastle United are among the richest club in world football post the takeover by the Saudi Arabia consortium. They have signed some big names over the past two windows and it would not come as a surprise if they push for the signatures of Enzo Fernandez.
Eddie Howe’s team are currently third in the Premier League, and securing a Champions League spot is well within their reach. Signing a highly talented youngster would strengthen their case and help them build a team for the future.
One would wonder why Barcelona need a central midfielder when they already have Pedri and Gavi. But, if reports are to be believed Xavi is interested in the young Argentine. The Barcelona manager sees him as a part of their future midfield. It does make sense because Enzo is a versatile player who can play as CAM, CM, and even a DM.
In his 24 appearances for Benfica this season, he has played as CM 15 times, as a DM seven times, and as a CAM on two occasions.
Benfica’s stand on Enzo Fernandez
As per the recent reports, Benfica are not interested in doing any business related to Enzo in January. The 21-year-old is protected by a release clause worth €120 million. It will be interesting to see if any of the clubs break the bank in the winter window to get his signature. There is a possibility that if there is an offer good enough Benfica might be tempted to sell.