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World Cup-winning midfielder breaks silence on £106m Liverpool, Man Utd links: ‘It’s up to my agent’

Julian Alvarez, Enzo Fernandez and Alexis Mac Allister

Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez has discussed rumours surrounding his future, as both Liverpool and Manchester United continue to be linked with the World Cup winner.

The classy 21-year-old, who only joined Benfica from River Plate last summer, was named Young Player of the Tournament in Qatar after Argentina lifted the trophy following their incredible penalty shoot-out triumph against France.

Fernandez came into the Argentina side following their opening two group games. And he did not look back as the Lionel Messi-inspired La Albiceleste went all the way.

The midfielder was being monitored by other European clubs prior to Qatar. However, his performances on the world stage only added to his value, which is already huge.

Fernandez currently has a €120million (£106m) release clause and it’s claimed that could be activated in January.

Indeed, both Liverpool and United are in the hunt for a world-class midfield talent and are being tipped to try and strike a deal for the youngster.

The Benfica star has certainly had a whirlwind 12 months. However, he is trying to stay grounded and has played down talk of a move.

“I don’t know anything about [a transfer],” he told fans in his homeland. “It’s up to my agent, I don’t want to get involved. I’m focused on Benfica, in a few days we have an important game.”

Fernandez starring for club and country

Benfica only paid out an initial fee of €10m when they landed Fernandez, who was in terrific form for the Portuguese outfit before the World Cup hiatus.

He had scored three goals and added five assists in 24 appearances. Fernandez has also starred in Benfica’s run to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they’ll face Club Brugge.

Fernandez only made his senior debut for his country back in September. However, he has now become a mainstay of Lionel Scaloni’s side.

As for the interest from Anfield and Old Trafford, Liverpool are well known to want fresh midfield talent.

Jurgen Klopp is looking to revamp his aging engine room, although the priority at the moment is sealing the transfer of top United target Cody Gakpo following the shock transfer reveal on Boxing Day.

As for United, Erik ten Hag is also rumoured to be in the market for another midfielder. However, the Dutchman admits signing a striker is the main priority after Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit.

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