Fabian Schar has signed for Newcastle United.

The central defender joining Newcastle from Deportivo after the Spanish club were relegated.

The Swiss international first linked with a transfer to Newcastle three and a half years ago.

Fabian Schar signing a three year deal.

Official Newcastle United announcement:

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Swiss international Fabian Schär on a permanent deal from Deportivo La Coruña.

The defender – who has signed an initial three-year contract – becomes the Magpies’ fourth acquisition of the summer, following the permanent arrivals of Martin Dúbravka and Ki-Sung Yeung and the loan capture of Kenedy.

Schär played in three of his country’s four games at the recent World Cup in Russia, helping the Swiss to progress from Group E – along with Brazil – before missing their last-16 defeat to Sweden through suspension.

He made 25 appearances for Deportivo in La Liga last season, having moved to the Spanish outfit from 1899 Hoffenheim a year ago.

The 26-year-old said: “I’m really happy to be here. The club is a really big club for me. It has a big name, and it is a brilliant chance for me.

“I’m not like a typical defender. I, of course, defend, but I’m quite good with the ball – I like to play, I want to build up the game from behind, and I think that is a strength of mine. I have also scored some headers – that could also be a strength and hopefully I can use it here.

“I hope to start training with the team soon, and I’m looking forward to everything that’s coming. At the moment, I just want to get started.”

Manager Rafa Benítez added: “I’m really pleased to welcome Fabian to Newcastle United. He is an international, did well in the World Cup and has great experience.

“He adds competition in this position and that is a positive for the team.”

Schär – who has played 42 times for Switzerland all told – started out with hometown club Wil 1900 before linking up with Champions League regulars Basel in 2012, where he helped the RotBlau to a hat-trick of Swiss Super League titles.

He has already had a taste of playing at St. James’ Park, having turned out for the Swiss against Gabon in the 2012 Olympics’ football tournament.​

The Mag – Earlier today (Thursday 26 July 2018):

Fabian Schar was reported on Wednesday to be expected on Tyneside very soon.

Sky Sports saying Newcastle had activated his release clause and the player would be leaving Deportivo for the Premier League.

They put the fee/release clause at £3m for the 26 year old centre-back who payed three times for Switzerland in this summer’s World Cup finals.

Now on Thursday morning, Fabian Schar has been photographed at Newcastle’s training ground.

Sky Sports saying the medical is now completed and finishing touches being sorted on the deal.

With Yoshinori Muto also said to have agreed a £9.5m move to Newcastle, Rafa is finally getting some extra bodies in, after a number of recent departures.

The Mag – Wednesday 25 July 2018:

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.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Whoever he is, Jezza et al will say he’s not good enough and not expensive enough.

    • Desree

      I commend the club on this piece of business, if he is not Lascelles replacement but Mbemba’s.

      • TheNutJob

        when you sell a player you look to bring in a better one,
        Newcastle do the opposite & we`ve been relegated twice because of it and it would have been thrice if not for Rafa, Dubravka & Kenedy

        • DC1964

          Spot on!

        • ghostrider

          How have we done the opposite?
          We’ve let Mbemba go because Rafa won’t play him and brought in another.
          How do you know he won’t turn out better and also get actual games….unlike Mbemba, who did little wrong when he was played?

          At best we can’t fail with this player…no matter what.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Troll off

          • I’ve got the Ki

            Mbemba had some clangers to be fair. A player in there somewhere, maybe, so all the best to him in Portugal. He was a punt in our relegation year when we actually needed someone with a few more miles on the clock, considering the defence was conceding over 60 goals a season at that stage. It continued to do so that season. One of the best things about last season was seeing a Newcastle team that had organisation defensively. You came to rely on it and it was surprising when we made rare basic errors.

            Rafa knows how to create a good defensive unit so I’ll go with his judgement here.

          • ghostrider

            It’s fine to go with his judgement. It’s all we can all do because none of us have any control over it.
            We just have to hope he does the right thing but it still doesn’t stop us all arguing what we think are the rights and wrongs.

        • Toon

          Mbmeba was not up to it, let’s give the bloke a chance

          • Jate Legend

            This is what I reckon

          • Soldier


          • Jate Legend

            How am I a troll like, thick lad?

        • SH.ER

          Mbemba is NOT a good defender …

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        I’d agree with that!

    • Squintytoonarmy

      Only time will tell if he is a duck egg. Problem is the more times you buy cheap then the potential for more duck eggs rises. Need to invest in guaranteed quality as well which your mate Fatty never does

      • ghostrider

        What guaranteed quality is this?
        Can you name some guaranteed quality that we can get, that guarantees more than what these players can guarantee?

        • TheFatController

          Plenty. Where do I start…

          • ghostrider

            Start where you feel the need to.

        • Wor Lass

          You`ll be commended by the “guarantee” Appreciation Society for that post – I guarantee it.

          • ghostrider

            Possibly but there’s no guarantee that your guarantee is a valid guarantee..

        • Squintytoonarmy

          We could have been in for someone like Harry Maguire 18 mths ago but no way would we shell out 17m whereas other teams (not top 7) would. Not saying there is anything wrong with taking a chance on bargains but needs to be combined with ambition. I’d buy the missus Armani perfume for Xmas but you’d be rummaging around in the main Savers aisle for a bit of Yardley.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Would you swap Lascelles for Maguire?

          • Squintytoonarmy

            With ambition we’d have them both

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            You’d have a very immobile defence.

          • Squintytoonarmy

            Adams and Keown
            Bruce and Pallister
            Terry and Cahill

            They were all lightning then.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’d point out that Pallister was quick enough, Cahill was Terry’s weakest partner, Leboeuf, Gallas, & Carvalho were far better and the best was Desailly. Keown was not slow.

            LeJeune and Lascelles is a better partnership than Lascelles and Maguire. I’d go further to say Lascelles is a better defender than Maguire.

          • Squintytoonarmy

            You would know about Pallisters quickness as you do come from Manchester

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            What makes you think that?

          • Squintytoonarmy

            I’m a troll hunter – there’s lots on here. Can you confirm your toon connection?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Really? A troll hunter? If you want a pint and add to your theory, my first game this season is Man C away!

            However, I live further away from Manchester than Peaky and from much further away originally.

            If you really believe an unconvincing fat drag queen has commmisioned a private investigator or a lying piece of poo in Leazes’ has the nous to work anything in life, you have poor judgement.

          • Squintytoonarmy

            Probably won’t get up for home game for a while as live in Glos with young family. When I’m up will give you a shout – will see if monkseaton, clarko etc want to put in an appearance cheers

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Hmmm, so can I ask your credentials? You don’t go to home games? Away games? Sounds to me the Man C away game may be your first closest game.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Well, it’s a similar deal to Florian Lejeune who is rather good.

    • TheNutJob

      he`s more right than wrong which can`t be said about you & your
      manic posts

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Hmmm, All his Summer predictions are just about to be blown out the water just like the bet he had with me for charity over the net spend. You’ll laugh but he lost that one badly and get this, didn’t pay the charity the money he owed.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Ah Blooby, not often you`re right is it, must be in your DNA

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’ve only once been wrong on this forum

        • Mirandinha9

          How is Llambias?

    • Soldier

      nice to see the trolls agreeing with you

  • Ba ba.

    Good look kid your gana need it. 👍

  • TheNutJob

    have to give the guy a chance but at the same time is he really premiership standard for £3m, i have major doubts about that & the clubs about to spend £9m
    on a player who`s maximum return in the bundesliga is 8 goals.

    • SH.ER

      Did you read the article? £3m is his release clause
      As for the Japanese striker, he only has one year left in his contract
      I’m not sure about the deal but maybe Benitez sees something in him
      I’d take him over Rondon

      • Alreet

        Id even take slimani over rondon. Hes a lazy mess.

      • Soldier

        Benitez wouldn`t touch either with a barge poll at any other club

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Rafa wanting a Japanese striker, Please

  • Wor Lass

    He looked decent in the world cup but, like Muto, has no PL experience – something Rafa clearly stated that he wanted. We`re obviously looking at reserve options.

    • Soldier

      i think they are the reserves to the reserves

  • Wor Lass

    It`s good to see the Chronic have their collective finger on the pulse – their live blog headline is telling us Schar`s set for a medical.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Well, good to have a Mbemba replacement. Hope he’s good.
    Also hope this has nada to do with Jamaal.

    • Alreet

      Unlikely. If the chunky f**er lets the cappy go he will be hung from greys monument at dawn.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Nah he’ll get away with it as per usual.

  • Alreet

    Looks a bit of a pretty boy but very handy on the deck. Could be very useful in a 5.4.1 formation if we need yedlin and dummett to raid the wings.

    • mentalman

      If we need those two to raid the wings we are in serious trouble

  • Jate Legend

    Everyone will kick off about this signing, but bringing in someone with potential and decent experience in two major leagues is an upgrade on mbemba who wasn’t up to it. In a just world, Rafa would be looking at a net profit on mbemba to spend into the mix, although doubtful that will get released. As a signing on paper Schar is an improvement to last seasons squad.

  • Soldier

    forums full of Ashley trolls again. pitifull

    • Leazes.

      No its not…. its 2 trolls with lots of names and sore fingers.

      • Soldier

        there`s certainly a lot about with very sore fingers

  • Soldier

    can you imagine that Rafa Benitez would sign any of these players if he was at another club, he wouldn`t have them anywhere near one of his teams, it`s laughable to think he would

  • Leazes.

    The worrying thing is the data from his spell at Deportivo

    When he was on the bench they never conceded more than one or two, but when he played they conceded 4s 5s and a 7…. and were relegated.

    We’ve triggered a release at £3.6m of a player whose market value is £2.7m

    If you were playing football manager and looked at the record, you wouldn’t touch him with a claggy stick.

    On the plus side he’s not injured.

    • Soldier

      i can`t imagine Rafa saying go out and get this player

      • Leazes.

        I can’t imagine Pardew saying go out and get this player

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          that`s a good one & you`re right

          • Leazes.

            Its not Benitez doing it, it cant be!…. the Swiss Williamson!

          • Mrkgw

            Funnily enough, I thought just that this morning (Williamson all over again).

    • Alreet

      So at one team they conceded more with him in the squad…… is that like when gayle was starting for us last season we scored less so hes pap as well? Stats never tell the whole story. Give the boy a chance.

      Rafa had to have some input

  • Tony English

    Worth noting (once again) that the Chronicle were nowhere near predicting this signing before the wheels were in motion….so maybe don’t believe the marathon pursuit of Rondon just yet?

    They reported the Schar pursuit on 23/7/2018 citing “sources in Spain”….the “source” had already been translated and published by the Daily Mail on the 22nd after Deportivo’s website Riazor publicised the impending transfer the same day.

    They don’t have “sources in Spain” – they have the internet.

    Remember them telling us for weeks about the signing of Ki…..and Muto…no, me neither, those buggers were already on a plane flying in for a medical before the Chronicle knew.

    • Duh

      Rafa and his team do not leak, Charnley does not talk at all, even if he should. Transfer rumours normally come from the where the player is coming from or the player himself/his agent. Since these signings are not coming from the North East, the Chronicle in fact has little more insight that any one with internet access, as you say.

      Then on the Chronicle podcast Ryder claims he sometimes knows about these imminent signings but does not want to put the deal in jeopardy by printing them. Yeah right.

      • Tony English

        Clarko was arguing with me the other week about contractual clauses regarding the exact figure Chelsea wanted for Kenedy to buy outright now, and a buy at the end of the season clause, and how much we were prepared to offer, blah, blah, blah…

        …and it was all true as it was written in The Chronicle and they have a long history of getting things right….hilarious…he wouldn’t have it that they are exactly the same as every other punter, playing the guessing game.

        If Ryder knew about imminent signings and didn’t report them….how come the only time he ever gets it right is when the signings are imminent…i.e. on a plane or standing in the car park.

  • Down Under Mag

    Looks a decent prospect but still something to prove in a much quicker and harder league. With Mbemba gone and Lejeune looking likely to be out for a while it’s good to see another defender brought in, especially one who contributes goals and comfortable on the ball. Bargain price so hopefully he plays well above the 3.5m we snagged him for.

  • Peter C

    Please, just hope that he’s not another, Javier Manquillo.