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Chelsea look to repeat Fernandez trick by signing £103m “future star”


It was one other weekend to neglect for Chelsea Soccer Membership as they discovered a option to drop factors to a ten-man Burnley aspect at house.

Mauricio Pochettino has been unable to create a coherent and efficient crew from the plethora of gifted gamers at his disposal, and the stress is now beginning to mount.

It was the kind of sport by which no participant can come out wanting good, however there are nonetheless a variety of severely spectacular gamers within the Blues’ squad who’re having a mediocre season.

A type of gamers is World Cup winner Enzo Fernández, who has proven real high quality at factors this season, and now it seems just like the membership may very well be about to copy his signing with one other younger expertise in the summertime.

Newest Chelsea switch information

Based on a report from Portuguese publication O Jogo (through Sport Witness), a number of top-flight golf equipment, together with Chelsea, are enthusiastic about signing Benfica’s gifted teen Joao Neves this summer season.

The truth is, the report has revealed that the Blues have been ‘eager for some time’ however should compete with Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.


The opposite sides will not be the one impediment for the Pensioners to deal with, nevertheless, because the report additionally reveals that the younger midfielder’s supposed launch clause stands at round €120m, which is about £103m, though it’s stated that As Águias wish to improve that to round €150, which converts to about £128m.

It will be an undeniably costly deal to finish and arguably an enormous gamble from Todd Boehly and Co. Nonetheless, by signing Fernandez from the identical membership simply over a yr in the past, they’ve confirmed that they’re keen to sanction such offers.


How Neves compares to Fernandez

Now, if Chelsea have been to finish this signing, there could be a few obvious similarities between the 2 gamers, notably that they’re going to value over £100m and are available from the identical membership, Benfica.

There’s additionally the truth that the pair are each extremely gifted midfielders and play – or performed in Fernandez’s case – an important function on the coronary heart of the Lisbon outfit. Nonetheless, with Neves being simply 19 years previous, followers of the west Londoners should not count on him to return in and instantly influence the primary crew, no matter his value.


Nonetheless, his genuinely spectacular performances in Portugal recommend that there’s a risk he may thrive within the Premier League.

Based on FBref, which compares gamers in related positions throughout the subsequent greatest 14 competitions, the “full” midfielder, as dubbed by U23 scout Antonio Mango, ranks within the prime 2% of midfielders for tried passes, the highest 3% for blocks, the highest 8% for tackles, the highest 9% for go completion, the highest 10% for profitable take-ons, and the highest 11% for progressive passes, all per 90.

João Neves’ FBref scouting report

Stat (Per 90)


Passes Tried

Prime 2%


Prime 3%


Prime 8%

Move Completion

Prime 9%

Profitable Take-Ons

Prime 10%

Progressive Passes

Prime 11%

Aerials Gained

Prime 14%

Non-Penalty Objectives

Prime 15%

All Stats through FBref

Whereas these are undeniably spectacular stats, they might possible come down barely in a harder league, such because the Premier League. Nonetheless, the truth that the Tavira-born gem is already performing to such a excessive stage suggests he may adapt to a more difficult league with time and correct administration and steerage.

Furthermore, along with his most popular place being extra of a defensive midfield function, he may properly associate Fernandez on the coronary heart of the subsequent nice Chelsea crew, studying and rising alongside a fellow Benfica prodigy, though Moises Caicedo could also be lower than enthused about that prospect.

In all, whereas the large sum of cash concerned in any deal would make this one thing of a raffle from Boehly and Co, that hasn’t stopped them up to now, and if Mango is right in his evaluation of Neves as being a “future star”, then it might be a raffle value taking.