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01st Feb 2023

Enzo Fernandez could wear two shirt numbers for Chelsea this season

Callum Boyle

Enzo Fernandez

Fernandez joined Chelsea on Wednesday

Chelsea’s new record signing Enzo Fernandez could wear two different shirt numbers for the club after signing an eight and a half year deal.

Fernandez completed his £106m move – a British and Premier League record fee – from Benfica at the eleventh hour of transfer deadline day.

The Argentina international was one of the standout players as he helped the South American nation win their first World Cup since 1986.

After picking up the Young Player Award at the tournament, the 22-year-old was then wanted by every major club around Europe.

Benfica initially dug their heels in, rejecting several attempts from Chelsea but were left with no other choice but to sell on deadline day after the Blues refused to walk away from the deal.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the midfielder has completed the first half of his medical and is now travelling to London from Lisbon where he will be officially unveiled.

In the photo, Romano also appeared to leak the shirt number Fernandez would be wearing at Stamford Bridge and it appears he has taken Jorginho’s number five after the Italian left to join Arsenal.

However it is believed that he may be able to use a different number for Premier League games and keep the number five specifically for Champions League fixtures.

At Benfica, Fernandez wore the number 13 shirts, but that is currently occupied by Edouard Mendy.

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