According to The Chronicle, Newcastle have been unsuccessful in their attempts to sign Argentinian centre-back Federico Fernandez on loan – with Swansea demanding a fee of £10m for him instead this summer.
With a knee injury ruling Florian Lejeune out for the vast majority of the season, Rafa has admitted that he now needs another centre-back – and it seems as though Fernandez could be the one he wants.
He’s available this summer after Swansea’s relegation and is a player Benitez will know well – having played under him at Napoli – however a loan deal doesn’t seem likely.
Here’s what Lee Ryder’s had to say about our attempts to sign him today, claiming that Fernandez would ‘welcome’ a move to Tyneside but that Swansea are NOT interested in a loan deal:
‘Newcastle United are understood to have had disappointing news on a loan enquiry for Swansea City’s Federico Fernandez.
‘Rafa Benitez made it clear that United were on the look out for another centre-back following a cruciate ligament injury to Florian Lejeune.
‘United had Fernandez on their shortlist earlier in the window before moving for Fabian Schar.
‘Fernandez would still welcome a move to Tyneside after being relegated with Swansea last season.
‘But while a loan deal for the 29-year-old would suit Newcastle’s needs while Lejeune is injured, Swansea want a fee for the Argentinian.
‘The Swans have made it clear that the only way Fernandez will sign for Newcastle is if the Magpies pay a £10million fee for his services.’
In fairness, why would Swansea loan him out? They’ll have taken a hit financially following relegation, so they’ll undoubtedly be looking to cash in before anything else.
From our perspective, £10m seems a little steep for a player nearing his 30′ – even if he would fit the bill, having experience at Premier League level, playing over 30 times for his country and knowing Rafa Benitez well.
With us not having a great deal of money to spend (or so it would seem), I really don’t see us spending this sort of money on a centre-back who’ll only be brought in to cover Lejeune for the next 6-8 months.
If a loan deal is not possible, I expect us to look elsewhere.
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