West Ham now face strong competition from Manchester United in the race to sign Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

That’s according to a report from Portuguese media outlet Record who claim that Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is keen to bring the 21-year-old to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

West Ham boss David Moyes is reportedly eyeing a move to bring the three-capped Argentina international to the London Stadium as well (Fichajes).

One huge problem for both the Hammers and Man United is Fernandez’s whopping €120 million (£105 million) release clause (Record).

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Now, Manchester United have proven that they can pay those kind of fees if need be. Meanwhile, West Ham won’t be able to get anywhere near Fernandez’s alleged release clause…

Manchester United eyeing up Enzo Fernandez swoop

According to a report from Record, Manchester United and Barcelona are both eyeing up the Argentina ace.

West Ham manager David Moyes may as well give up now!

It’s a shame really, because Fernandez is a really talented player.

He has been described as an ‘unreal’ player by well-renowned Twitter scout account Statman Dave.

Fernandez has bagged one goal and three assists in 13 league games for Benfica so far this season (Who Scored).

Manchester United eyeing up Enzo Fernandez swoop
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During those appearances, the 21-year-old has averaged two tackles and one interception per game. In his 13 league outings for Benfica this term, Fernandez has made 94.3 passes on average and has recorded a completion rate of 89.9% (Who Scored).

The Argentinian ace is an orthodox central midfielder by trade, but he can also operate in the deep-lying central role.

The 21-year-old has a great engine, is technically very good and has an exceptional range of passing.

Enzo Fernandez would be a truly superb addition for either West Ham or Manchester United.

Unfortunately for us though, I can’t see Moyes having any chance of bringing him to the London Stadium now.

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