Monday morning brings reports that Newcastle United have had a bid for Federico Fernandez turned down.
The Argentine international central defender was the subject of a Newcastle approach according to the Chronicle.
They say that their information is that NUFC went to Swansea wanting the player on loan, whilst the Swans wanted £10m…
With the shocking position Rafa Benitez has been put in, in this transfer window, you can believe just about anything is possible when it comes to transfers.
The Newcastle United squad left short with Chancel Mbemba’s departure and Florian Lejeune’s shock injury, Paul Dummett can also play at centre-back but Newcastle have nobody else who can play left-back (Manquillo not good enough).
With no cover for DeAndre Yedlin either (apart from Manquillo…), it only leaves Rafa Benitez with five fit defenders who are up to the job: Lascelles, Clark, Yedlin, Dummett, and Schar – if he proves to be able to handle the Premier League.
Federico Fernandez was an £8m buy from Napoli back in 2014 and has been first choice with Swansea for the four seasons, including this last relegation season when he started 30 PL games.
Like the injured Florian Lejeune, Fernandez is a commanding centre-back (6ft 3 tall) and looks a decent option if Newcastle could sign him.
However, this is Newcastle United and with such limited funds and so many positions needing strengthening, little wonder that Rafa Benitez has been forced to try and loan him.
At normal clubs, it is usually the Championship club loaning a player off a Premier League one, not the other way around!
What would Swansea have to gain from loaning out a 29 year old established first team player?
He would then go back to them aged 30 and with a falling transfer valuation.
Common sense tells you that they would surely only let him go if it meant they then had funds coming in to help fund a promotion push now.