Enzo Fernandez has been an important player in Argentina’s midfield this World Cup and that has inevitably brought back some stories about Milan. The Rossoneri, as we know, came very close to signing him before Benfica.
After starting on the bench in the first two games, Fernandez has cemented his spot in Argentina’s starting eleven. His main attribute is controlling the game and keeping the balance for Argentina, often opting for the simple but effective pass.
As highlighted by Tuttosport (via SempreMilan), Milan followed him for quite some time and ended up sending chief scout Geoffrey Moncada to Buenos Aires. Moncada convinced Fernandez to join Milan but then Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara decided to on Renato Sanches.
Benfica swooped in and secured Fernandez in a permanent deal worth €10m plus an additional €8m in bonuses. Now, given his fantastic growth, they intend to eventually sell him for around €60m.
Given that Milan also missed out on Sanches in the end, Maldini and Massara surely have some regrets with regard to Fernandez, especially since they came so close.