Fabian Schar was one of seven transfer deals completed by Newcastle United this summer.
The Swiss international coming in along with Dubravka, Kenedy, Fernandez, Muto, Rondon and Ki.
Newcastle were first linked with the defender three and a half years ago when he was at Basel.
After Deportivo were relegated this summer, Fabian Schar became available if somebody paid his £3m release clause.
An interesting report in The Guardian has now named the Newcastle defender as one of the ‘Ten best value-for-money signings in the European transfer window.’
Amongst the others who were included are William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon to Betis), Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich to PSG), Joao Moutino (Monaco to Wolves) and Paco Alcacer (Barcelona to Borussia Dortmund).;
This is The Guardian write up on, and reasons for including, Fabian Schar…
Fabian Schar (defender), Deportivo to Newcastle, £3m
“Rafa Benítez has become accustomed to scouring the market for bargains, and may have found his best yet in the Swiss centre-back.
“Fabian Schar has played in La Liga, the Bundesliga, the Champions League, two World Cups and Euro 2016 – and he’s still just 26.
“Alongside fellow newcomer Federico Fernández, Schar brings a wealth of experience to a defence that was the Premier League’s seventh-best last season.
“He is worth much more than the £3m release clause Newcastle paid after Deportivo’s relegation.”
The Mag – 26 July 2018:
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 – 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.