Liverpool are involved in a deal to deliver Enzo Fernandez to Anfield within the January switch window.
What’s the discuss?
That’s in keeping with a report by Portuguese publication File (through Sport Witness), who declare that Jurgen Klopp’s aspect are certainly one of numerous golf equipment preserving an in depth eye on the SL Benfica central midfielder forward of launching a possible transfer for the 21-year-old this winter – with the Reds considered one of many groups who ‘lead’ the pursuit of the teenager’s signature.
Nevertheless, the report goes on to state that the Liga Portugal aspect have knowledgeable all events that, because of the Argentina worldwide being a ‘key aspect’ in Roger Schmidt’s beginning XI, they’re ‘unavailable to barter’ Fernandez’s departure within the January window – that means any membership eager to signal the playmaker must pay his €120m (£104m) launch clause.
The following Zidane
Contemplating the astonishing quantity of means and potential for future improvement Fernandez fairly clearly possesses, it isn’t obscure why Liverpool can be involved in a deal to deliver the 21-year-old to Anfield this winter – because the Argentine very a lot seems to be one thing of a generational expertise.
Certainly, over his 13 Liga Portugal appearances this season, the £30m-rated sensation has been in breathtaking type, having already bagged one aim, registered three assists and created a whopping eight massive possibilities for his teammates, in addition to making a mean of two.0 key passes, taking 2.0 photographs and enjoying 9.8 lengthy balls per recreation.
The 21-year-old additionally impresses in metrics extra usually related together with his place, making a mean of two.0 tackles, one interception and successful 3.7 duels per match, along with having fun with a mean of 106.9 touches, enjoying 5.2 chipped balls and finishing 84.8 passes – at successful charge of 90% – per recreation.
These returns have seen the participant who Jacek Kulig dubbed a “superb midfielder” with an “amazing engine” common a merely sensational Sofascore match ranking of 7.51, not solely rating him as Benfica’s joint second-best performer within the league but in addition because the joint fourth-best participant within the prime flight of Portuguese soccer as a complete.
Moreover, Fernandez has additionally performed a starring function over Argentina’s two World Cup fixtures in Qatar up to now this winter, scoring a surprising second in his nation’s 2-0 victory over Mexico final outing and averaging a particularly eye-catching Sofascore match ranking of 7.10 – at the moment rating the midfielder as Argentina’s fourth-best participant within the event.
Additional nonetheless, Jose Peseiro has gone so far as to check the 21-year-old to legendary France midfielder Zinedine Zidane, with the Portuguese coach stating in an interview with A Bola earlier this yr that Enzo’s “surprising passes and vision” are “similar to those of Zidane, who sometimes solved a play just by the way he received the ball.”
As such, whereas £104m is undoubtedly an enormous amount of cash to spend on a 21-year-old, Fernandez would seem effectively value it, because the Benfica starlet might possess the potential to turn into the following Zidane within the coronary heart of Liverpool’s midfield – a prospect that’s positive to be an extremely tantalising one for everybody concerned with the Reds, not least Klopp himself.