Buenos Aires, June 23 (IANS): Portuguese club Benfica are close to signing highly-rated River Plate midfielder Enzo Fernandez, according to Argentine media.
The Portuguese club have offered to pay 18 million euros for 75% of Fernandez’s economic rights, media outlet Ole reported on Thursday.
He added that the 21-year-old is likely to stay with the Buenos Aires giants until the European winter.
Fernandez has made 49 appearances for River, scoring 11 goals and providing nine assists, since his promotion from the club’s youth academy in 2019.
The former Argentina youth team player has also reportedly attracted interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers and AC Milan, Xinhua reports.
Meanwhile, in other transfer news, Southampton are trying to fend off inquiries about James Ward-Prowse, with West Ham joining Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham in a midfield move. The Saints have demanded £75million for Ward-Prowse.
Ajax are keen to bring Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham back into the Dutch top flight. Spurs want at least £25million for the winger, but the Dutch champions are likely to meet that demand as they have some cash in their pockets following Sebastien Haller’s successful move to Borussia Dortmund.