Argentine international Federico Fernandez is signing for Newcastle United.
The Magpies tried to get him on loan at the end of July but Swansea had no intention of letting a first choice player go out, unless it was a sale.
The 29 year old then playing the full 90 minutes as Swansea won 2-1 at Sheffield United in their first Championship game of the season.
Newcastle instead trying to get Marlon on loan from Barcelona, only for Sky Sports to report that attempted loan deal failed, presumably because of work permit issues.
Instead, the broadcaster say Newcastle will now be paying around £6m on transfer deadline day for Federico Fernandez, presuming everything is ok with his medical.
A small victory for Rafa Benitez in his attempts to be backed in the transfer window.
With Serie A experience and four years in the Premier League with Swansea, Fernandez looks a solid signing and arguably one that was desperately needed with Lejeune set to miss all/most of the season.
The Mag – 30 July 2018:
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.