March 2015 saw Newcastle United first linked with Fabian Schar.
Over three years later it was reported on Monday that Newcastle were interested once again (see below).
Now 26, the central defender was relegated with Deportivo this past season and is reported to be desperate to get away, the Swiss international having a release clause in his contract.
This has been reported to be between £3m and £4m.
With Chancel Mbemba now out of the door and Florian Lejeune having a knee injury that Rafa Benitez is waiting anxiously on, to discover just how serious it is, it leaves only Clark and Lascelles as first team squad central defenders.
Unless of course you count Paul Dummett but then he is the club’s only reliable left-back…
The Mirror claimed this morning that a £3,5m release clause had been activated by Newcastle United.
That has been followed by reports in both Spain and Switzerland that the move is indeed happening.
Wednesday lunchtime has seen Sky Sports reporting that their information is that it is a £3m release clause that has been activated and that Fabian Schar is expected in Newcastle today for his medical.
The Mag – 23 July 2018:
It was back in March 2015 when Newcastle United were first claimed to be interested in Fabian Schar.
At the time the then 23 year old centre-back was playing for Basel but running down the final year of his contract.
The likes of Inter and Arsenal were also linked but in the end he signed for Hoffenheim, the Bundesliga club having to pay £3m youth development compensation after signing the defender.
Only 23 league starts followed in his two years there, before moving on to Deportivo la Coruna in summer 2017.
Now Newcastle United are said to be interested once again with The Mail reporting Rafa Benitez is looking at the player as a squad replacement for Chancel Mbemba, who has no future at Newcastle.
Fabian Schar is claimed to be keen to move after a disastrous year with the Spanish club, Deportivo le Coruna relegated, as the Swiss defender started 25 La Liga games and was unused on the bench nine times.
It isn’t exactly a plus point that it was Deportivo’s disastrous defending that was the main factor in their relegation, a massive 76 goals conceded and the next highest goals conceded goals being 74 and 61.
On a more positive note, Fabian Schar continues to be first choice for his country and played three times in this summer’s World Cup, helping his country get draws against Brazil and Costa Rica, as well as beating Serbia and Mitro 2-1.
Now 26, Schar is a decent age for a potential signing and has good experience already, plus he could be available for a relatively low fee. With Rafa Benitez having to look for bargains once again, it could be possible to once again make a profit if Mbemba leaves and Fabian Schar arrives. There are widespread media claims that the player has a release clause in his Deportivo contract, that release clause claimed to be £3m or £4m depending which reports you read.
The Mag – 11 March 2015:
Fabian Schar is the latest player linked with a move to Newcastle, the Swiss defender running his contract down and available at the end of the season.
United are widely reported today to be one of the clubs trying to get the centre-back to commit to a pre-contract before a summer move.
There would still be compensation payable for Schar’s youth development as he will still be under the age of 24 come the end of the season.
The defender and his teammates were given a right runaround on Tuesday night, Porto sticking four past them and knocking Basel out of the Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate win.
When it went to 3-0 on the night with half an hour to go and the tie decided, Schar was instantly taken out of the firing line.
The Swiss international is highly rated and has the added bonus of regularly adding goals, something that is a lost art these days for Newcastle’s central defenders. Despite his youth, Fabian Schar already has 24 goals for Basel and 4 for his country.
With 33 appearances in Europe, including 18 in the Champions League, he has no shortage of experience against quality players outside of the weak Swiss domestic league, with Basel well clear again this season as they look nailed on to land another league title.
The player’s profile has not surprisingly attracted attention, Arsenal and Inter having already been credited with interest which caused the player himself to make the following comments in January.
“I have read the transfer market rumours, they are normal at this time. I can say that without a doubt I think Inter are a top club and would be an ideal destination.”
“However, I have a contract which ties me to Basel and I am very happy here – at the moment I’m not thinking about anything else.”
There have been links with various Swiss based players in recent weeks and suggestions that Newcastle have now moved on to targeting both Belgium and Switzerland.
With players soon to be out of contract also appearing to be a popular group United are looking to target this summer, there will be fierce competition to be overcome if Newcastle are to land any credible ‘bargain’ signings.