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.

  • HarryHype59

    It’s is early days, but by all accounts he looks like a £3m player signed because he was cheap.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Have you heard of squad depth. We have five decent CBs , that must be a first in a long a time. He is meant for competition.
      Tipical newcastle fans not understanding football, assuming a player isn’t good enough after 2 games, however your mind was made up already when you heard the transfer fee, if it’s not 20mil then you assume he’s [email protected]

      • Kenny

        5 decent centre backs, we have 3 and 1 is injured

        • Ram Kishore

          Dont we have 4 available and 1 injured?

          • Kenny

            2 good centre backs available 1 injured, the rest are championship standard

          • Ram Kishore

            Who are the championship standard? U mean Schar and Clark?
            This is what I refer to as writing off our player.. here u just wrote off Schar.
            I definitely understand your concern off the Clark’s performance because he hasn’t proven himself to be perfect but he’s good back up and does ok when we need a left footed CB for a 3 man defense..
            Stop moaning and complaining about our players as championship all the time ken.. if these players are capable of winning championship.. then they re good to play in the PL.. maynot be the best but good squad players with right attitude

          • Ashley-out

            he is spot on they are 2nd class by any standards

          • Ram Kishore

            Whatever man. Its your opinion and I’m cool with it

          • nufcslf

            The whole squad is sh*t. 2nd bottom with one point says so.

          • Ram Kishore

            It’s hard to argue your point lol..

          • HarryHype59

            100% agreed, yet objectivity doesn’t go down well on here! This squad is p*ss poor and is already in a relegation battle.

        • Salty

          Count them up son, 5 and 1 injured who could be back as early as Jan according to Rafa

      • Ram Kishore

        You are right on few here writing off few players

        • HarryHype59

          I am not writing him off! Let’s not pretend he was signed simply because he was cheap.

          • Ram Kishore

            Haha.. maybe or maybe not.. but i always thought Rafa’s main transfer targets were strikers, midfield and a lb if not for lejune injury

  • Kenny

    he looks out of his depth to me, although he may come good when he he adjusts to the speed of the premiership

    • Ron

      Let’s hope so – I suppose not all players make an immediate impact.

  • Ron

    I thought that I’d be reading about Dubravka when I opened this, got quite a surprise!

    • Ram Kishore

      I play FM 2018 now and then. Steven Nickson is assigned as a one of the Gold rated bargain hunter scouts .

      • Kenny

        i prefer to call them shyte & he must be in the top 3

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Im Ludogorets, wish I had that much money for scouts

        • Ram Kishore

          U play with ludogorets?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Yeah I’ve worked through my normal teams boca, Copenhagen, Benfica, Krasnodar, shakhtar & kayserispor

          • Ram Kishore

            I am doing with Stevenage rn

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A can’t deal with English football, I’ve gotta have European football & time to build teams up

  • Leicester Mag

    Well given how many times we dip into the transfer bargain bucket not surprising some sap thinks one might be a reasonable deal. Newcastle football’s equivalent to penny shares

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Hahaha! Also calling William Carvalho a bargain, he hasn’t played decent for almost 2 years now. Danilo Perriera is way way better. & Paco Alcacer as well. He’s living off his work done in the youth academies

  • panther

    Brings a wealth of experience, not sure what in, hasn’t been defending

  • drc74

    i thought it was gonna say House of Fraser

  • Lord


    If Dubravka keeps up his level of performance, he’ll be worth £20m+ come next summer.

    • Ashley-out

      and that means Ashley will sell him

  • Ashley-out

    you get what you pay for, those giants Bournemouth buy a class defender for £20m,
    we pay £3m.

  • Peaky

    Didn’t realise he was a real life giant…..look how he towers over those buildings up above..😳😳

    • Leicester Mag

      Sports direct workers cottages

      • Peaky


  • Damon Horner

    Must admit CB is one area we’ve done well with. If it was said in the Championship season that in two years Clark would be 4th/5th choice also with a defender who played past the group’s in the World Cup of would have not been believed.

  • Paul Cannell

    Only time will tell if he’s a bargain or not, I’m prepared to give Rafa the benefit of doubt as he knows more about football than i do…fact.

  • That’s the reality – defenders can be cheap and solid. Another reality is creative and especially, goal-scoring players are ridiculously expensive = Current NUFC.
    We have an outstanding keeper and back four, yet when the ball gets forward (or if) things take a more mediocre turn. We needed wingers who can run fast and score – we got none. We need a box to box midfielder who can score goals – not present. Not to mention we’re still playing with a CB as a fullback (Dummett). And people ask Rafa why he doesn’t attack City or Chelsea – with what? Atsu who can’t take on Championship players, or Dummett who can’t cross, shoot or cut inside?

    • Ram Kishore

      Seeing Marcos Alonso involved in almost all the attacks and goals for Chelsea causes me a doubt whether he’s a left back or a winger.. i haven’t seen Dummet on the other side of the pitch, possibly that may change with opponents in the next fixtures

  • nufcslf

    Good luck to him, but the present league position and absolutely no sign of a first win should be more of a story than making fatty think he has found another gem for a sell on profit. What a pathetic excuse for a football club.

  • When Saturday Comes

    Think the number one should be our keeper for value for money whatever you think of Charnley he got a winner this time. Not the brightest of blokes but hopefully will get better with his signings. The new centre half seems good to so think the defence is great especially when our injured centre half gets back who is the best of them all by a mile yet only cost £8m. West Ham spent loads and are very bad very bad team.

  • Tweed Mag

    My other half thinks he is a good looking lad, so should play every week. I don’t take her to matches.

    • Peaky

      On that theory Tweed….where does Peter Beardsley stand….😂😂😂

      • Tweed Mag

        Probably not even on the bench . . . .

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