121 million euros fee: Chelsea spent a record amount for this player

121 million euros fee: Chelsea spent a record amount for this player
Enzo Fernández
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Argentinian world champion Enzo Fernández has been traded from Benfica for €121m on the last day of the English winter transfer window, the Portuguese giants have announced. The transfer fee for the 22-year-old midfielder is a British record, dwarfing the £100m (€113m) Manchester City paid Aston Villa for Jack Grealish in 2021.

According to the club, Fernández received an eight-and-a-half-year contract at Chelsea on Wednesday night until 2031.

Chelsea alone spent more than 300 million euros on eight new players in the winter transfer window. For example, the “Blues” took the Ukrainian Mychajlo Mudryk for up to 100 million euros, as well as the transfers of Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke and Malo Gusto, each in the range of 30 to 40 million euros. The loan fee for Joao Felix transferred to Atletico Madrid is said to be eleven million euros. The Portuguese was brought on for six months.

Best Young Player of the World Cup

Fernández only switched to Benfica from River Plate in Buenos Aires in the summer and was named best young player when they won the World Cup in Qatar. He is to replace Italy’s European champion Jorginho in the current tenth of the Premier League, who was sold to Arsenal for 15 million euros a few hours earlier. This income is manageable in view of the club’s expenses.

Chelsea are on an investment path under Boehly, who took over the club following the departure of Roman Abramovich. More than 600 million euros have been spent on transfers since the summer. With the exception of central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, none of the players is older than 24. The contract periods are long-term. It seems as if the American Boehly wants to build his team along the lines of the US professional football or basketball teams.

Completely detached

According to British media reports, Chelsea alone spent more in the winter transfer window than the clubs in the German Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and France’s Ligue 1 combined.

According to the auditing and consulting company Deloitte, the clubs from the Premier League also set a new record. They paid £815m (€925.37m) in transfer fees in that transfer window.

Counting summer and winter transfers together, top English clubs have spent €3.18bn on new players – also a record.

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