The transfer rigmarole between Chelsea and Benfica over the signing of Enzo Fernandez is far from over, with the Blues set to launch another bid for his signature.
According to TyC Sports reporter Cesar Luis Merlo, the west Londoners are preparing a mammoth €100 million offer to try and prize the Argentine star away from the Portuguese club this month.
Chelsea have already signed six players this month as they continue their rebuild, with Olympique Lyonnais defender Malo Gusto the latest arrival at Stamford Bridge.
However, the club are not done yet with a midfield revamp as the final piece of the jigsaw, and they are determined to get a midfielder in before the window slams shut.
Moises Caicedo is also a primary target for the Blues. But they have yet to launch a second bid after seeing their first offer knocked back by the defiant Brighton & Hove Albion, who are relentless in their resolve to keep their star man.
Chelsea are also facing strong competition from fierce Premier League and London rivals Arsenal, who are also looking to sign a midfielder this month.
The Gunners have also seen their opening £60m bid rejected, but several reports have claimed they have gone back in with another offer for the Ecuadorian.
Brighton have slapped a hefty £90m price tag on their wantaway star, but Chelsea are seemingly unwilling to match their asking price, prompting another move for Fernandez.
The World Cup star has a €120m release clause in his contract, which Benfica are looking to increase to deter the West Londoners. But Chelsea want to agree a fee instead of triggering the clause.
In addition to tabling a €100m bid, Chelsea are also willing to let Benfica have their pick of the bunch as they plot to entice the Portuguese league leaders with a player-plus-cash deal.
Fernandez wants to join the Blues but will not push for a transfer as he waits for an agreement to be reached between both clubs. The final decision will be made by Benfica president Rui Costa.
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