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Benfica manager gives update on deadlocked Chelsea transfer

Benfica manager gives update on deadlocked Chelsea transfer

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Benfica manager Roger Schmidt has revealed Enzo Fernandez will return to first-team training after failing to secure a move to Chelsea at the start of the January transfer window.

90min reported earlier this week that the Argentine world champion had missed at least one training session out of frustration that no deal had been agreed with the Blues and was facing disciplinary action.

Fernandez was absent from Benfica’s matchday squad after a narrow 1-0 home win against Portimonense on Friday night, while Chiquinho was absent and worked alongside Florentino Luis in midfield.

But speaking to the media after the game, Schmidt said that Fernandez will return to the team very soon.

“It’s clear what Enzo Fernandez didn’t do right, that’s why he wasn’t in the team. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be seeing Enzo in training starting tomorrow,” said the German coach.

“He’s our player, we need him… now Enzo can focus on Benfica and football again.”

Now hear how Scott Saunders host Graem Bailey and Toby Cudworth in the latest episode of Talking Transfers. This week they discuss Man Utd’s interest in Mohammed Kudus, Enzo Fernandez and Chelsea, Jude Bellingham’s decision and Mykhaylo Mudryk’s preferred move. Available on all audio platforms.

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Sources have told 90min that Chelsea remain hopeful of agreeing a deal with Benfica in this window, although club boss Rui Costa would still prefer to keep his €120m release clause in full.

Benfica could relent and accept an offer paid in installments but would rather receive a significant part up front than Chelsea’s offer of three equal €40m payments.

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