Manchester City were reportedly keeping tabs on Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez before Chelsea came in with a British transfer record to sign the 22-year-old.
According to the Athletic, the former Benfica and River Plate maestro was being monitored by Pep Guardiola’s side in January having originally been linked with the midfielder in the summer. However, Chelsea’s aggressive approach to the winter window meant that City missed out on Fernandez.
The youngster signed for Chelsea in a deal worth £107m, taking City’s British transfer record of Jack Grealish away from the reigning Premier League champions, with Fernandez already looking like an incredible acquisition for Graham Potter’s side.
Whilst City could have splashed the cash to sign Fernandez, it appears that Guardiola is waiting until the summer to bring in a superstar midfielder, with Jude Bellingham now on their radar as per the Athletic, who could cost more than Chelsea’s deal for the South American dynamo.
Indeed, Fernandez winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Argentina greatly increased the midfielder’s valuation, with the youngster claiming the Young Player of the Tournament award as the former Benfica star guided Lionel Messi and company to a third world championship.
And now, the news has come to light that City were keeping tabs on the midfielder before his eventual move to Chelsea, with the Manchester giants potentially making a rare misplay in the transfer market despite how much the Argentina eventually went for.
City should have matched Chelsea’s bid to sign Enzo Fernandez
Fernandez’s stock might have risen to the moon in a few short months, but there’s no denying that the midfielder has the quality to become one of the best in the world in the coming years, which is why City should have taken the risk to beat Chelsea to the youngster’s signature.
Whilst £107m might have been a ridiculous fee, City have the resources and the club structure to allow such a move to take place, with long-term replacement for the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne the club’s main goal this summer, something Fernandez could have filled in.