Liverpool set to sign breakout World Cup star midfielder as alternative for £100m+ deal player
According to a report, Liverpool have started negotiations with Benfica for the transfer of a highly impressive World Cup player, which could result in them giving up the chance to sign Jude Bellingham.
The Borussia Dortmund star is expected to sign with Liverpool in the upcoming summer. Bellingham appears to be the ideal candidate to lead the Reds’ urgent midfield overhaul.
Recent reports state Liverpool are at the front of the queue to sign Bellingham, ahead of Real Madrid. This is because the teenager currently prefers the idea of joining Liverpool.
They will have to spend a huge amount of money to sign Bellingham. Valuations of the player vary, but he could cost as much as €150million (£129.5m).
But it now appears that Liverpool is trying to bolster their midfield with the acquisition of a different player.
According to Goal’s live transfer blog ( via Portuguese newspaper Record) Liverpool have initiated talks with Benfica over the prospective transfer of Enzo Fernandez.
The 21-year-old is currently on international duty with Argentina. And he has enjoyed a fantastic tournament, helping Lionel Messi and co. reach the semi-finals. They will come up against Croatia in the last four on Tuesday.
Along with Cody Gakpo and Goncalo Ramos, Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars of the tournament. He has been impressive for Benfica this season too, but it is World Cup displays that are really getting big clubs excited.
And it now appears that a transfer to Anfield is in the cards. Liverpool have allegedly started talking about his availability. Additionally, the Reds want to sign him in January.
However, the report doesn’t offer many more details than that. Although that is about as useful as it gets, it does mention that Fernandez’s Benfica release clause is worth €120 million (£103 million).
Fernandez is clearly a brilliant player who has the ability to join one of Europe’s most illustrious teams in the near future. However, it is hard to see Liverpool snubbing Bellingham.
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