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Chelsea could sign the perfect Mudryk partner in Enzo Fernandez

Chelsea are undergoing a systematic transformation following the arrival of Todd Boehly in the ownership role last year, and are reportedly looking to persist in the pursuit of a coveted rising star…

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Following a triumphant World Cup campaign, SL Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez was showered with transfer attention, with Chelsea emerging at the front of the pack after Fabrizio Romano’s confirmation that the west London giants made an offer of €85m (£77m) – with talks collapsing following the tenuous relationship between the clubs following the strenuous negotiations.

And now, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, via prominent Chelsea writer Simon Phillips, Boehly and co are “back in” for the phenom, and could look to finally secure a move before the culmination of the January transfer window, although his £105m release clause would likely need to be met.

Imagine him & Mudryk

Chelsea have certainly not displayed any sign of being half-hearted with their transfer strategy since last summer – the Blues’ American owner has spent roughly £404m – with a £52.4m fee also agreed for RB Leipzig’s prolific phenom Christopher Nkunku.

Despite the opulence of the club towering tall over the rest of the division, casting an ominous shadow that engulfs all as the new era in Stamford Bridge – despite the rusty opening – a revised deal for the Argentina prodigy might indeed become a more concrete proposition.

Talent scout Jacek Kulig lauded the gem as “one of the biggest talents in Argentina“, and indeed, following his World Cup-winning campaign that landed him the Best Young Player award, the expansive scope of his skill set has been magnified.

For Benfica , as per Sofascore, the 22-year-old has recorded an average rating of 7.54 in the Liga Portugal this term, completing 88% of his passes and averaging 1.8 shots and key passes per outing.

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And in Qatar, at the World Cup, the gem recorded a rating of 7.10 en route to gilt-covered success, again completing 88% of his passes and demonstrating his defensive prowess with 3.1 tackles per match and one clearance.

If Chelsea manager Graham Potter does indeed have the maestro at his disposal in short time, one can only imagine the impact it would have on Mykhaylo Mudryk, who joined the club from Shakhtar Donetsk for £88.5m earlier this month.

Mudryk scored ten goals and served eight assists from 18 appearances for his former Ukrainian outfit this season, including three goals and two assists in the Champions League, and now plays his trade for Chelsea in what could be a destructive acquisition, bringing an abundance of skill and flair that will have cataclysmic consequences for his opposition.

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With Fernandez’s assurance behind him – the Argentine usually occupies the left side of the centre midfield, with Mudryk also predominantly forging his way down the left flank – the cohesive unity between the pair could enhance the already tantalising thought of the impact the winger could have.

As per FBref, the game-changer” – as dubbed by Roy Nemer – that is Fernandez ranks among the top 1% of midfielders for progressive passes and the top 5% for rate of assists, when compared to those plying their trade in Men’s Next 8 divisions, which could provide the perfect foundation for Mudryk to flourish further up the field.

With this in mind, Chelsea must remain unwavering in their transfer approach, and tie down the South American star to a long-term deal; he could indeed work in intrinsic tandem with Mudryk, and cement the club’s stature at the very top of the global game for the next decade.