Reports claim Chelsea are continuing talks with Benfica about signing Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez.
Liverpool great Steve Nicol has joined Gary Neville in questioning how much Chelsea are reportedly prepared to pay Benfica for Enzo Fernandez.
The Anfield legend has cast doubt over Chelsea’s £112m move for the Benfica star. Reports from Portugal have claimed that the Stamford Bridge club have made a £112m offer for the Argentine youngster – a fee worth more than his £106m buyout clause.
Fernandez has also been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks following a number of impressive displays for Argentina during the World Cup. The 21-year-old claimed the Young Player of the Tournament award in Qatar.
But following those reports in Portugal, Neville took to Twitter yesterday to question the price, he wrote: “Are Chelsea paying €127m for Enzo Fernandez? That’s one hell of a price. A very good player but bloody hell!”
And now Nicol, speaking to ESPN, has accused Chelsea of making a huge transfer mistake and says the proposed deal is ‘crazy’.
He said: “Am I the only person that’s thinking, ‘what’s wrong with Chelsea?’ You are going to spend £120m on Enzo Fernandez? Am I the only person thinking that? £120 million?!
“He’s a hot property? Cody Gakpo is a hot property, he scores goals and Liverpool got him for £37m. I am sorry, Enzo Fernandez had a great World Cup and he’s a good player.
But £120 million? When your problems and struggles are going forward – I think they have everything upside down at Chelsea.
“You are going to waste £120m. Their problems are going forward and Fernandez is going to do nothing for you going forward. Am I the only one that thinks £120m is crazy for this guy?!”