The head coach of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, is keeping a close eye on one of the greatest players at the World Cup while Manchester City and Manchester United strive to buy him.
It has been claimed that Liverpool is considering World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez as a potential replacement for Jude Bellingham as a midfield transfer target for the club. This is due to the facт that Bellingham is attracting significant interest from a number of clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United, and Real Madrid. Jurgen Klopp has stated that he wants a great midfielder in 2023, and it is possible that the upcoming summer is the best moment to sign Fernandez.
United is “quietly confident” that they will be able to bring Jude Bellingham to Old Trafford at the end of the season with an attractive financial package and the opportunity to be the face of Erik ten Hag’s exciting rebuild. The move is expected to take place after the conclusion of the current season. However, despite the fact that Manchester City and Real will be enticing options, the Red Devils might not be as appealing as Liverpool.
It’s possible that Klopp will decide to focus his attention on a player who is more interesting in order to escape the frantic frenzy for Bellingham’s signature. According to Marca, Liverpool has found a player that will be considerably simpler to get in Fernandez, who plays midfield for Benfica and has a release clause of 78.6 million pounds.
This transfer fee is significantly lower than what it might take to pry Bellingham away from Borussia Dortmund, who are prepared to want for up to £130 million in compensation for their star player. After helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where Fernandez was a major player, his stock has skyrocketed, and he is in high demand as a result.
Fernandez was awarded the title of Young Player of the Tournament by FIFA following his team’s nail-biting victory in a penalty shootout against France at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday. After getting off to a good start at Benfica, the 21-year-old Argentine player participated in all seven of his country’s matches in Qatar, starting the last five of those matches.
In the summer, Fernandez made the move from River Plate to Porto in a deal estimated to be worth approximately 16 million pounds. Because United did not want to assist Ten Hag in the middle of the field, they chose not to make a move for him. If Liverpool were to beat their competitors to his signing this time, the consequences for their competition may be devastating.
It is not out of the idea that James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may all go for free at the end of the season, which is why it is not out of the question that Bellingham and Fernandez would be signed in a daring double move. However, there will be a significant amount of time spent discussing monetary matters, particularly in light of the fact that FSG intends to sell Liverpool in the coming year.
Klopp will seek to strengthen his squad by recruiting new players in order to catch up to Man City. If Pep Guardiola arrives in Bellingham before the Reds, then he will be even more motivated to do this task. After what Fernandez accomplished at the World Cup, he appears to be the next best thing, if not quite as exciting a player overall.