Who is Enzo Fernandez? Midfield talent chased by Man Utd and Real Madrid

Tom Curren 16 Apr 2022 12:17 CEST 6 min read
Enzo Fernandez, River

Manchester United, Real Madrid and Manchester City have all joined the race for a new South American wonderkid, rumours suggest.

Arsenal and Tottenham were previously among the favourites to sign Enzo Fernandez of River Plate, but the player's performances have catalysed interest from other elite clubs.

With Granit Xhaka perpetually linked away from Arsenal and Albert Sambi Lokonga finding it difficult to find a rhythm since his arrival from Anderlecht, a midfielder is on Mikel Arteta's shopping list for the summer.

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Meanwhile, Spurs' interest follows Rodrigo Bentancur's January arrival and doubts about Harry Winks and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg's suitability as a partnership. Antonio Conte seems keen to rival Arsenal for Fernandez's signature, in a move that would echo Manchester City's recent acquisition of Julian Alvarez - who stayed with River Plate on loan.

West Ham United and Aston Villa have also been linked with the midfielder.

What position does Enzo Fernandez play in?

Fernandez is a midfielder who often plays as a deep-lying playmaker - although he also has a propensity to arrive in the box late and score goals.

How good is Enzo Fernandez?

Fernandez was loaned to Defenca y Justicia last season, and it was there he broke through into senior football. The midfielder put together a string of impressive performances and returned to Marcelo Gallardo's River Plate fresh for the 2021/2022 season. He's since amassed 28 performances for the Argentinian side, scoring twice.

He's been with River Plate since he was six years old - though he was playing football even earlier, at Club La Recova - and has spent fourteen years working his way through the youth ranks at the club. He was moved to the first-team squad in 2019, though would have to wait until 2020 for his debut.

It wasn't until his loan to Defenca y Justicia that Fernandez found his feet, and an impressive run of form found him starting week in, week out on his return to River Plate.

Since, he has become integral to Gallardo's side, and is considered one of the club's most impressive recent products and one of the most talented young midfielders in Argentina.

His recent form is yet to be recognised by the national team, though he did make a string of appearances for Argentina's U-18 side in 2019.

What clubs are interested in Enzo Fernandez?

Arsenal and Tottenham were mentioned as destinations previously.

However, the Mail now reports that Real Madrid, Man Utd and Man City are all interested.

When does Enzo Fernandez’s contract expire?

Fernandez's current contract with River Plate expires in December 2025

How old is Enzo Fernandez?

Fernandez was born on 17 January 2001. He is 21 years old.

What is Enzo Fernandez's height?

Fernandez is 178cm tall, or about 5 ft 10 in.

What is Enzo Fernandez's weight?

Fernandez weighs 78kg, or about 12 stone.

What is Enzo Fernandez's Instagram?

Fernandez's Instagram has 430k followers as of February 2022.

Who is Enzo Fernandez's girlfriend?

Fernandez is in a relationship with Valentina Cervantes.