Chelsea ready to smash their transfer record.

Particularly in recent months, Fernandez has been frequently mentioned as a potential transfer target for Jurgen Klopp’s team, and those rumors have only become stronger in light of his World Cup performances.

All of Argentina’s playoff games saw the 21-year-old midfielder start, and it was against Mexico in the group stage of the tournament that he netted his first goal for Argentina at the senior level.

In addition to his passing range and work rate, Fernandez’s box-to-box skills were on full display throughout the competition.

Benfica, the midfielder’s club, only acquired him from River Plate in the summer, but according to talkSPORT, they have set a £105 million asking price for him.

According to The Daily Record, the Blues are willing to submit a bid that exceeds €127 million (currently £111.8 million) to sign Fernandez.

Benfica is reportedly hoping the midfielder will stay through the end of the current campaign because they are vying for the Liga Portugal championship and are in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Even though the Daily Mail reports that United will initially only entertain loan agreements in January, that process may be simpler from their perspective. However, a sizable offer from another party might compel United to sell.

By coincidence, the Blues are reportedly interested in signing Felix from Atletico on a loan deal with a buy-back clause.