A week ago, we carried a report from TNT Sports, who stated that River Plate star Enzo Fernández is ‘closely followed’ by Manchester City.

The midfielder has impressed this year, scoring eight goals and managing five assists from 18 matches. It is no surprise he has ended up in the sights of top clubs like the Citizens, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

A report from Clarín explains that Manchester City ‘would accelerate’ to take the 21-year-old away from the Argentine side in the summer.

Fernández’s contract expires in December 2025, and it includes a €20m release clause. It’s claimed the English club’s owners, the City Football Group, would make an ‘important offer’ to sign the player.

The report further adds ‘it is not ruled out’ CFG could pay the Argentina international’s full release clause. If it happens, then the South American will join his compatriot and teammate, Julián Álvarez, at the Etihad.

Clarín makes it clear that River Plate have no intention to negotiate a fee and the only way Fernández will leave is if Manchester City decide to pay his clause.

Fernández is a ‘key player’ for Marcelo Gallardo. The River Plate manager is of the belief there is no one like him in the squad and not many like him elsewhere. Gallardo finds him a ‘very complete’ player.

With Manchester City willing to ‘accelerate’ to sign Fernández, a deal could be carried out if Pep Guardiola’s side decide to pay his €20m termination clause.