While Enzo Fernandez joins Chelsea for a British-record transfer fee

Enzo Fernandez joins Chelsea for a British-record transfer fee

Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez became the most expensive player in British soccer history after joining Chelsea from Benfica for 106.7 million pounds ($131.4 million), the Portuguese club announced Wednesday.

 The fee surpassed the 100 million pounds (then $139 million) that Manchester City paid Aston Villa for England international Jack Grealish in August 2021.

 Chelsea agreed to pay the release clause in the 22-year-old World Cup winner's contract after a day of negotiations between Benfica and the co-owners of the Premier League club.

 Fernandez only joined Benfica from Argentine club River Plate in August, for a reported fee of around $10 million plus add-ons.

 His profile increased at the World Cup in Qatar last year, when he broke into Argentina's team during its run to winning the title.

 Chelsea have spent more than other four big leagues combined

 Aside from Fernandez, Chelsea have already strengthened their squad this month with the signings of David Datro Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke and Malo Gusto.  The latter, recently announced from Lyon, will join in July.

 Chelsea are the first team in history to have spent over 400 million euros in transfers in one season

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