The transfer fee used this season alone is poised to exceed 800 billion won. Chelsea are also planning to accept a buyout payment to sign one of the World Cup-winning players, Enzo Fernandez.
Nizar Kinsella, a reporter for the British Evening Standard and familiar with Chelsea news, said on the 30th (Korean time): “Chelsea are ready to send a delegation to Portugal to sign a contract with Fernandes. They are in talks with Benfica over Fernandes. resumed.” 메이저놀이터
Fernandes is a player Chelsea have been actively interested in. Based on his vigorous activity, he is a midfielder with a style that can contribute to both offense and defense, and played a significant role in leading Argentina to victory at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He has been on the radar for Chelsea, who are in need of reinforcements in the midfield. Chelsea are having trouble renewing the contracts of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, and are struggling to produce results due to residual injuries and poor skills of the midfielders. Their plan was to seek a turnaround in the second half of the league by signing young and capable Fernandez.
But it wasn’t easy. Benfica turned down an offer worth 85 million euros from Chelsea. It was a will to never sell a player unless it was a buyout. Fernandes indirectly revealed his dissatisfaction with Chelsea by not being able to leave the club even after personal negotiations were concluded and by not attending his team’s training sessions. In response, manager Roger Schmidt officially nailed his ‘transfer impossibility’.
Chelsea did not give up. As the transfer window deadline approached, I decided to pay the buyout amount. According to reporter Kinsella, Chelsea wanted to spread the cost of the transaction to protect financial fair play (FFP), but they couldn’t break Benfica’s will and decided to pay the big money again.
If the deal is done, Chelsea will be over 800 billion won this season alone. Fernandes’ buyout is 120 million euros (approximately 160.7 billion won), which adds up to Chelsea’s total spending of 610.49 million euros (approximately 817.7 billion won). This is unprecedented in the history of football so far.
The number of recruited players is staggering. Chelsea have brought 16 players to Stamford Bridge so far. Most recently, he signed a contract with Olympique Lyonnais fullback Malo Gusteau. If you add Fernandez here, it’s like taking a picture of the hwaryongjeong-eul in Chelsea’s stormy transfer market.