Chelsea complete Enzo Fernandez signing to break British transfer record
Chelsea have completed the signing of Enzo Fernandez for £106m, in what is a British transfer record.
The Blues met Benfica’s release clause for the Argentina midfielder shortly before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
A statement from the Portuguese side confirmed the deal past midnight after Chelsea rushed to complete the transfer.
It takes Chelsea’s spending this month to over £300m, while the signing of Fernandez breaks the previous Premier League record set by Manchester City’s £100m transfer of Jack Grealish.
The 22-year-old Fernandez was named the best young player at the World Cup and starred for Argentina as they lifted the trophy in Qatar.
Benfica were adamant that Fernandez would not be sold at a price below his release clause and Chelsea eventually met their demands shortly before the 11pm transfer deadline.
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