Will the highest transfer fee in the English Premier League be renewed?
Chelsea are struggling to land a sensation on the final day of the January transfer window. On the 31st (hereinafter Korean time), British media ‘The Sun’ reported that “Chelsea are trying to sign Argentine star Enzo Fernandez by investing £115 million (about 174.8 billion won) on the transfer market deadline.” 안전놀이터
Fernandez has a buyout of 105 million pounds (approximately 159.6 billion won) from Benfica, Portugal. Chelsea said they would pay Fernandes’ buyout, but Benfica demanded more, resulting in a deadlock in negotiations.
If Benfica accepts the transfer fee of £115 million offered by Chelsea, the highest transfer fee in the English Premier League (EPL) will be renewed. Chelsea plans to comply with financial fair play rules by paying the astronomical transfer fee in six installments.
The highest EPL transfer fee ever is £100 million (approximately 152 billion won) paid by Manchester City to Aston Villa to sign Jack Grealish for the 2021-2022 season. Of course, it is the highest transfer fee within Chelsea. Chelsea paid 97.5 million pounds (approximately 146.6 billion won) when they brought Romelo Lukaku from Italy’s Inter Milan in the summer of 2021.
“We have to be prepared for anything during the transfer period,” Benfica manager Roger Schmidt said. “I know there is a love call for Fernandez, who has a buyout clause. We cannot stop it,” he said.
Owner Todd Boelli, who spent 220 million pounds this winter alone, is concentrating on recruiting star players by investing huge amounts of money after taking over Chelsea in May of last year. If you recruit Fernandez, you will spend 500 million pounds. However, it is an aggressive business looking into the future. It is interpreted as a strategy to recover more than the investment by transferring players when they are in their prime through 7-8 year long contracts with players in their early 20s.