Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of highly-talented midfielder Enzo Fernandez.
In recent days, Fernandez has been widely mentioned as a legitimate target for the Red Devils with Erik ten Hag keen to bolster his options in the middle of the park.
It was reported earlier that the only way for United to pry Fernandez off Benfica’s hands would be to pay his astronomic release clause.
Another report indicated that Spanish giants Real Madrid were prepared to offer up to €70m to beat United and other interested parties such as Liverpool in the race for the midfielder.
However, it now seems that the fight for the Argentine could come to a speedy end.
Argentinian outlet Dario La Capital reports that Liverpool have an agreement in principal to sign the Argentina international in June 2023 from Benfica.
The outlet reveals, “Liverpool accelerated the efforts to incorporate Enzo Fernández and has already signed a pre-agreement with Benfica, the Portuguese club that has the federative rights of the young midfielder of the Argentine national team.”
“The English club in this way anticipated two other greats in the Premier League, Manchester United and Manchester City, institutions that had also planned to add the former River and Defense and Justice since June 2023.”
Dario La Capital adds that the 21-year-old’s heroics in the World Cup more than convinced them to bring him to Anfield.
Fernandez was named in the Argentina squad and had to be content with a place on the bench in the beginning.
He came on against Mexico and scored a superb goal. Since then he has featured in all of the Albiceleste’s games.
The World Cup has served to further reinforce the player’s reputation less than a year after making the jump from River Plate to Benfica.
Dario La Capital did not mention what Liverpool would fork out for Fernandez. If this report is anything to go by, United could be left ruing another missed opportunity.