“We are going to enforce the values that we believe are the logic of the market. I have never closed my doors to anyone. Now we play quickly round of 16 and no player is going to want to leave before that instance. In that I was clear with everyone: beyond the last minute offers, we compete and I want players who have their heads in the round of 16. We talked about all of this internally.”
A little over a month ago, after 4-0 against Colo Colo in the Monumental for the Copa Libertadores, Marcelo Gallardo He was taking a strong stance at his press conference, perhaps cutting short a market that the Doll knew would bring complications to River with a calendar that has never been so out of date with respect to that of the main soccer importing leagues in the world.
Enzo F. followed from Europe.
The words of the CARP technician may be echoing in a loop in the last hours in the head of Enzo Fernandez. And it is that the 21-year-old midfielder has many stimuli that come from outside just a week before the first leg of the Copa Libertadores round of 16 against Vélez in Liniers.
For now, while the midfielder tries to isolate himself to think about the ball, it is the River world that begins to perceive a certain tension in the environment: and it is that from Europe they announce that they are coming with heavy artillery by the playmaker of the Muñeco team to try to take him away now and not at the end of this season, as Enzo Junior originally intended.
Europe’s proposals for Enzo Fernández
In principle, yes: in the last hours from the player’s environment they put a question mark about Fernández’s positionwhich has already advanced negotiations with the benfica but who also knows that Mathew Hobbs, the chief scout of the wolverhampton English, will arrive this week at the Monumental offices to present a formal offer that could reach the rescission clause of €20,000,000.
A clause that, as established in the contract that EF renewed in January, will be listed at 25 million euros from Friday, when there are 10 market days remaining in Argentina. In such a case, from then on the 13 will have to make a decision regarding his future just at a pivotal moment for the team…
The club that has just finished tenth in the Premier League, which since 2016 is owned by the Chinese holding company Fosun International with advice from the Portuguese Jorge Mendes (Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, among others) and which is also interested in signing Gabigol, can put River in a spectator position if he decides to invest the starting amount so that Enzo activates his clause.
The truth is that in terms of the footballer’s terms, the Benfica thing is already anchored in a first meeting with sports director Rui Pedro Braz last month that led to a proposal for five seasons: The emissary of the Lusitanian club also held a meeting with Francescoli and Patanian to show his intentions.
River’s response was and will be the same: beyond the fact that no letterhead has yet arrived from the midfielder, CARP’s intention is not to release him now and, in any case, to negotiate in the future.
If it is with Benfica, the club with the greatest tradition of resale worldwide, the premise will be to keep between 20 and 25% of your token to bet on an income that later may even exceed the current value of your termination: The Portuguese would also see this option well so as not to pay now 20/25 million euros beyond the fresh money that came in from the sale of Darwin Núñez to Liverpool: €75M.
Meanwhile, the Milan The kid from San Martín has been in his sights for a while and from Italy it is announced that he could come for him if PSG takes the Portuguese Renato Sanches (another midfielder that the Milanese club has in view: Hamed Junior Traore, from Sassuolo). And in River everyone fastens their seat belts.
“Goal? Champion with River in the Libertadores”said EF in January. Today, think. And the fans are already tense. Tense Fernandez.