According to an exclusive from The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Newcastle have now agreed a £6m fee with Swansea to sign Federico Fernandez – with the centre-back now believed to be on his way to Tyneside for a medical.
The story states that the Argentinian is a player Benitez has been trying to sign for ‘weeks’, however they claim a fee has finally been agreed, with him now heading to Tyneside for a medical despite training with Swansea this morning.
It’s claimed that personal terms are ‘not an issue’ and that the defender was keen to remain in the Premier League – with Swansea also needing to raise cash and reduce their wage bill.
Here’s a snippet from Alan Nixon’s piece:
RAFA BENITEZ’S Newcastle United transfer agony is over after agreeing a £6million deal for Federico Fernandez.
Argentinian centre-half Fernandez has been a Benitez target for weeks but the fee was finally thrashed out with Swansea City with hours to spare.
Fernandez trained at Swansea in the morning as the move hung in the balance, but then headed for a medical with personal terms not an issue.
The defender wanted to stay in the Premier League and Benitez needs him as he is short of centre backs.
The pair worked together before at Napoli and have a mutual respect.
Fernandez is being allowed to go by Swansea to raise cash and reduce their wage bill.
— The Sun – Newcastle (@SunNewcastle) August 9, 2018
Fingers crossed on this one.
Will you be happy to see him sign as Lejeune’s short-term replacement?