Benfica turned down Chelsea's first offer for Enzo Fernandez because it's not up to their $120m asking price. Sources have it that the Blues offered an excess of $85m but the Portuguese team rejected him. The blues also went in pursuit of Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo a few days ago. The deal did not go through because Caicedo's team raised his worth to $100m. This particular behavior shows that they are not willing to allow the midfielder to leave this January. These smaller teams raise the transfer fee of their players because they feel Chelsea is desperate to sign more players this January.
However, here are the 3 affordable midfielders Chelsea can sign this January.
KOUADIO KONE: Kone is a 21-year-old French midfielder who plays for Borussia Monchengladbach. He has the same playing style as Camavinga. His market value is around $20m. He coordinates the midfield so well and can play long-range passes. He is also mobile at the midfield and that is what Chelsea needs. The blues can get him on loan at a lower fee.
ROMEO LAVIA: Lavia is a 19-year-old Belgian midfielder who currently plays for Southampton FC. Chelsea tried to sign him on deadline day last year but the deal broke down. The blues can get him this time around on a fee of $30m rather than spending $100m on Enzo Fernandez.
EDUARDO CAMAVINGA: Camavinga currently plays for Real Madrid FC. He is not getting enough playing time because of the number of top midfielders in Ancelotti's team. Chelsea can get him on loan or even sign him permanently on a fee lower than $70m. Financial fair play will also not hold any grudge against Chelsea if they sign these players with a lower fee