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Chelsea offer three players plus £79m for Enzo Fernandez

Chelsea have offered Hakim Ziyech, two players on loan, plus a huge €90m (£79.5m) to Benfica for Enzo Fernandez, according to reports.

Fernandez has emerged as Chelsea’s main midfield target for the January window after his impressive displays during Argentina’s World Cup triumph last month.

But, Chelsea have been unable to reach an agreement with Benfica as the Portuguese side are demanding that the player’s €120m (£106m) release clause is met.

According to Record, the Blues are unwilling to meet Fernandez’s release clause as they would need to pay it all up front and are instead looking at other ways to meet Benfica’s valuation.

The report claims that Chelsea’s latest offer comprises of €90m (£79.5m), Hakim Ziyech on a permanent deal, plus David Fofana and Andrey Santos on loan.

Fofana has recently signed from Molde, while Santos, an 18-year-old midfielder, is on the verge of moving to Chelsea from Vasco da Gama.

Meanwhile, Fernandez has made it clear to Benfica that he wants to join Chelsea this month after the club’s president, Rui Costa, had tried to persuade him to stay for the rest of the campaign.

According to The Times, Fernandez was ‘unimpressed’ by the offer Benfica made to reward him for rejecting Chelsea’s advances.

The report claims that Benfica are set to discipline Fernandez for returning to Argentina without permission for his new year celebrations.

Fernandez, who Benfica signed from River Plate for €10m (£8.8m) in June, started the 3-0 defeat to Braga last week.

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