The transfer deadline has passed without either Chelsea or Benfica officially announcing that Enzo Fernández’s transfer is complete, but we can (probably) rest assured there will be no more shenanigans, U-turns or otherwise, and that the 22-year-old will soon be posing in Chelsea Blue. But it takes time to get those poses, with just the right amount of Blue Steel.
Social media is obviously a huge thing (and it seems official Chelsea accounts are increasingly embracing it as a meme, much to your old man’s chagrin), and we’ll certainly be milking the announcement, arrival , etc. of Enzo for all we can.
I have to pay this fee one way or another!
Chelsea have everything in place in terms of paperwork, deal sheet, medical and private jet so there should be no problem completing the move even if there is no announcement before or at 23 hours. #cfc https://t.co/2gDMt85gpX
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2023
Speaking of fees, Benfica confirmed last night (well, 30 minutes after midnight local time) that Chelsea were paying €121m in total – reports have it in six installments in total, with the first being bigger than the others to 40 million euros – which includes the various arrangements that need to be made in relation to solidarity payments as well as the 25% due to River Plate in accordance with their summer sale agreement.
The €121m (£106.75m) is a new Premier League record for an inbound transfer, beating Jack Grealish’s £100m move from Aston Villa to Manchester City a few years ago. seasons. The most expensive transfer involving a Premier League side remains the still hilarious €135+45m (£105+35m at the time) transfer of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 – the amount maximum potential for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid was 160 million euros, difficult, he probably did not reach all the bonuses.
Anyway, we are now waiting for the announcement video, which hopefully will be more hibs and less rammed.