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.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Scraping the barrel doesn`t even begin to describe the current situation at

    • Arty Hume

      What makes it worse mate is the amount of money that SHOULD be available, not to mention the money that has been generated over the last few years. There should be a pot enough to pay off all loans and the initial cost of the club to TFCB.

      • Mike

        And putting the prices up when the Prem is awash with money

    • Peaky

      You’re right Moose and I bet we only see the tip of the iceberg….fuckknows what goes on behind closed doors that we’ll never ever know about.

  • Paul Patterson

    So we backed away from a £3m signing? Joke. Why does this regime constantly turn down signings and then look to buy them when they are more expensive?
    We can’t even get the model of buying low and selling high right at times . .

    • mentalman

      to be fair we aren’t the only team doing this

  • Toontaff

    I will be glad when the transfer window shuts. I don’t expect us to make any signings, other than free/loans. Rafa is waiting until the window shuts, then can tell them where to shove their new contract. It could really hit the fan with the first 8 games leaving us bottom of the league in October.

  • Toontaff

    On he ‘ifrafageswego’ there are 422 of us who have signed the petition, as season ticket holders. With all the apparent fury, this just isn’t going to make any difference. I really wasn’t sure if I could justify paying more for my season ticket, but did on the final day of the second deadline.
    I stopped going for 4 seasons from 2012-2016 after 20 years of being able to go when I moved here. Going regularly to SJP was a dream, having only been able to go a handful of times since my first visit in 1982 to watch Kevin Keegan’s debut v QPR. I returned with new found hope due to Rafa, enjoyed winning the Championship and most of last season.
    It really started to feel like we were getting somewhere, but our portly pal has put a stop to that!

  • Mrkgw

    The fire sale continues. No-one comes in but many leave. What a mess. ASHLEY OUT!

  • Peaky

    To be honest I wish the season would hurry up and start and the transfer window shut because I’m sick of reading this bollox every single day….

    • mentalman

      same old drivel regurgitated day after day

  • Vodkamagpie

    Could be a good option, professional, international experience , seems to follow manager’s instructions , similar to lejeune, Clark. Defence could look like this, yedlin RB, dummet LB, manquillo RLB, Clark CLB, lejeune CLB, schar CLB, lascelles CB. Probably would need one more defender to cover at RB aswel

    • SuperDesHamilton

      How do you know he follows orders, have you managed him? Boring Lee brother

      • Vodkamagpie

        He just seems to be a reliable, stable, no thrills type of player. A boring player you could say, and boring players normally stick to boring rules and instructions. Unfortunately I haven’t managed him, unfortunately none of us haven’t owned a football club, and yet we are all sharing our opinion , weird

        • TheFatController

          Yeah, but you don’t need to own a football club to know not to change the name of a century old stadium in the middle of the city, stick your company’s name free of charge all over it, say the company will start paying for it and then not, abuse its legends, get in a hissy fit when the manager is more popular than you are, say ‘every penny’ when you know it’ll mislead the manager and fans immediately after the feel good of a promotion …

          Anyone anything else to add of things they’d know not to do if they owned a football club….?

          • Vodkamagpie

            Ashley isn’t perfect, no owner is perfect, it’s football. If Ashley gives rafa 100mil, would that automatically make him a perfect owner?. The club is being run as a business , and I’m all for it. Tired of the club spending high transfer fee’s on overrated players who don’t perform for the club. It must be a steady improvement in the starting 11 in areas that need an upgrade, which will filter down to making squad stronger. A new goalkeeper that can be our number 1 for the next 5yrs. 1st choice left winger for a season, hopefully even longer. Welback could certainly lead the line for us if signed. I see a very promising season ahead for us, which will lead to rafa staying, and the squad improving constantly .

  • Leazes.

    2015 is Carr’s list…..

    ……you are saying that Charnley is going through Carr’s list and Rafa is rubber stamping it?

    We seem to be looking at centre backs for some reason, is it the anticipation of a sale? Has this come from Gollum Ryder?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      It’ll be to replace Lacelles he wants away, that’s from a good source. Said he loves being here but wants to push on & it’ll never happen at this club with Ashley here

  • robbersdog

    So…he didn’t pull up any trees at either Hoffenheim or Deportivo la Coruna, but we want to sign him? Why?

    • Desree

      Replacement for lascelles

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Sidnei was the only bloke to come out with any morsel of credit at Depor last season & he’s off to Krasnodar, but aye Newcastle will buy the worse one

  • Mxpx

    Excellent player in my opinion… Not sure we really need more cbs though

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    not so sure we should be after a Centre half unless Clark is moving on. Celtic were keen on him but it’s hard to imagine him going from Deportivo to Celtic, it’s not really a step up.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Celtic currently in the champions league qualifiers , deportivo currently getting ready for Spanish second division

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Well, that is true but the Spanish 2nd division is more competitive than the SPL and Celtic may just scrape into the champions league for 6 games but it’s not really a lure for a player.

        I’d have thought there are more attractive ways to step up a level.

        • TheFatController

          I find myself agreeing with fleckman. I feel like Artie Fufkin now …

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Artie Fufkin was my previous name on here. Sadly Artie Fufkin had restrictions placed on him by the powers that be, this may have been due to a failed autograph session set up at Disk ‘an Dat in the early 80’s.

        • Vodkamagpie

          Hope no one tells Steven gerard this, he’ll slip down the stairs. That’s your opinion , I think playing European football is slightly better than playing Spanish second division

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Playing Champions league will be a nice shop window but the rest of the division is poor. He’s leaving Deportivo anyway, like you say, Spanish Div 2 is not exactly a high level and if they get it right Deportivo should re-group and sail it but he’s a decent player and will rightly have options. Those options ‘should’ be better than the SPL

          • Vodkamagpie

            Agreed, certainly better options than the SPL, but if I had to choose between Celtic and 2nd division deportivo, it would be Celtic. Didn’t Celtic recently buy a guy from psg for 9mil.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            If that was the only choice, absolutely.

            I’d also think Celtic have down most of their business now, it looks like they went elsewhere.

  • Dillon Tovak

    As it says nothing about a loan agreement we can dismiss this.

  • Viru leckworth

    We have had enough links to make a cricket pitch chain.