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Man Utd and Liverpool target to cost "crazy money" with Real Madrid and Barcelona also interested, says Romano

Ryan Smart

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Man Utd and Liverpool target to cost "crazy money" with Real Madrid and Barcelona also interested, says Romano

Benfica are commanding a huge fee to sell Enzo Fernandez amid Manchester United and Liverpool interest, according to prominent journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The 21-year-old is currently at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with Argentina. He scored his first international goal in his nation's 2-0 win over Mexico on matchday two.

He signed for Benfica from River Plate in the summer, and his impressive performances in Liga Portugal led to the call-up for his first senior international tournament.

Team-mate Lionel Messi described Fernandez as 'spectacular' following his goalscoring display against Mexico - and his talents certainly haven't gone unnoticed by other top European clubs.

Liverpool are one of the clubs that have been linked with launching a bid for the player. Sky Sports journalist Melissa Reddy reported in August that the Reds had been keeping a 'watching brief' on Fernandez.

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And Portuguese outlet Record claim that United are 'crazy' about the midfielder.

Romano has now revealed the eye-watering fee that interested clubs may have to pay.

Romano on Enzo Fernandez

Speaking on The United Stand, Romano has said that Benfica are looking for 'crazy money' - believed to be between €80-85 million - to sell Fernandez to another club.

But whilst that appears to be a huge fee for the 21-year-old, he has reportedly got a release clause of €120m in his current contract. Despite this, the Portuguese giants are reluctant to sell mid-season.

United and Liverpool may face strong competition in their pursuit of the midfielder, however, with Barcelona and Real Madrid also believed to be interested.

As per Record, Barcelona see Fernandez as a natural successor to Sergio Busquets, who has been linked with a move to MLS side Inter Miami.

But Barca director Jordi Cruyff told Spanish outlet TV3 (via Yahoo Sports) that the club will hold talks with the 34-year-old after the World Cup concludes, which could lead to the ending of Busquets' 17-year association with the Spanish giants.

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Topics: Manchester United, Liverpool, Argentina, Football World Cup, Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona, Real Madrid

Ryan Smart
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