There’s a mention in the Chronicle today that Newcastle are interested in FC Basel’s 23 year-old center-back Fabian Schar, and that he will be a transfer target in the summer.
Fabian Schar – Basel 23 year-old center-back
One of Newcastle’s weakest positions at the moment is center-back, with both Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson in their 30s, and next season will be the last season for the Newcastle captain.
Steven Taylor’s contract also runs out next summer, and we could even see the local lad sold in the summer, and of course Steven is out currently for the season with an Achilles injury.
So it seems we need at least one center-back brought into the club in the summer in addition to Jamaal Lascelles, who will join the first team squad after his one year loan to Nottingham Forest,.
Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow will also join the first team squad in the summer.
Schar started his career at Swiss club FC Will and moved to Basel in the summer of 2012 after representing Switzerland in the London Summer Olympics.
The 6’1″ defender made his debut for FC Will in November 2009 against FC Stade Nyonnais as a 17 year-old and played 56 games for them with 9 goals before joining Basel in July, 2012 on a three year deal.
At FC Basel he has played 102 games with 15 goals and 7 assists – so he can score some goals, and in fact he has four goals in 9 appearances for the full Swiss side having also played for several Swiss Youth sides.
FC Basel have won the Swiss Super League for the last two seasons while Schar has been with them, and in fact they have won the Super League five times running and they are currently 7 points ahead of Young Boys.
One reason Newcastle will be interested is that he becomes a free agent this summer, and Newcastle like to bring players in on the cheap.
However, there are some big clubs interested in the impressive defender and they include Arsenal, Juventus and Inter-Milan and in January this is what Schar said about all the transfer rumor speculation about him:
“I’ve read the market rumors, they’re normal at this time.” “I can say that without a doubt I think Inter are a top club, perfect. That would be an ideal destination.”
“However, I have a contract which ties me to Basel and I’m very happy here. At the moment I’m not thinking about anything else.”
All of the three big clubs interested in him seem keen on signing the 23 year-old this summer, and Juventus have already held meetings with him.
So we’re not sure why he would want to come to Newcastle, when he can join a top club in the Champions League every season and for higher wages too.
Newcastle may have scouted this player a lot this season, but there seems to us little chance we will win the race for his signature.
But sometimes miracles do happen and we’ve been wrong before.
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