Benfica requested Chelsea include Mateo Kovacic in deal for Enzo Fernandez
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 03, 2023 - 06:21PM
Benfica were keen on signing Mateo Kovacic in January (Getty)

Benfica wanted to include Mateo Kovacic as part of the deal for , according to reports in Portugal.

Chelsea were involved in tense negotiations with Benfica for several weeks as they struggled to reach an agreement for Argentina’s winner.

In the closing hours of the January window, .

During talks with Benfica, Chelsea had offered several players as part of the deal including Hakim Ziyech, .

According to , the only player Benfica requested during negotiations was Kovacic, however, the Chelsea midfielder’s salary made it ‘impossible’ for the Portuguese club.

The report also claims that Fernandez ‘threatened’ to post a video on social media in which he would criticise Benfica’s hierarchy for preventing his move to Chelsea.

Enzo Fernandez completed his £107m move to Chelsea on deadline day (Getty)

Meanwhile, Graham Potter is adamant that Fernandez has the right personality to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

‘I can understand it but every transfer is a gamble,’ Potter said.

‘If you look at the market for midfield players, and midfield players that haven’t won the World Cup, you’ll be quoted a lot of money. We’ve got a player with a huge personality – he played in midfield for Argentina who won the World Cup.

‘He has attributes that can help him play in any league in the world. He has already played well in the Champions League and we followed him before the World Cup, we knew about him anyway. So we’re confident about the personality.

‘It’s like anything: he’s still a young person, he’s still a young man coming to this country. You’ve got to adapt to the club. But we’ll help him with that and his personality is one where you think, ‘oh, I’ve got no worries about him’.

‘He’s a fighter and I think he understands how fortunate he is. He fights for the team, has courage, is not afraid, and is open-minded. He wants to improve and if you’re playing as the No.6 for Argentina, playing the big games at his age, and with the quality, it’s not easy to have those attributes.’


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