Rafa Benitez has been reduced to doing loan deals for players but he has managed to get Robert Kenedy in for the season – a terrific deal by Rafa and Newcastle.
Rafa needs to bring in another center-back for Chancel Mbemba once Newcastle agree to sell Chancel to Porto – with that deal being held up for weeks now by Newcastle’s intransigence.
Don’t ever accuse Newcastle of being to get deals done quickly.
The Sun is reporting today that Rafa is interested in signing Swansea center-back Federico Fernandez on loan for the season.
Swansea’s 29-year-old Argentine International Federico Fernandez
Fernandez joined Swansea back in 2014 from Napoli where he plated the previous season under Rafa Benitez in Rafa’s first season as manager in Naples.
Fernandez played 36 times for Napoli while Rafa was the manager there.
So Rafa will know all about the center-back who has three years of Premier League experience.
While at Swansea he played 117 times in the Premier League and more experienced players are what Rafa needs to bring in this summer.
With Swansea in the Championship next season Federico Fernandez wants a move
The 29-year-old has played 29 times for Argentina with three goals and he would offer very good competition for a starting center-back position at Newcastle.
That’s exactly what we need in all positions at Newcastle and he’s available for £6M.
The 6ft 3ins tall player could possibly be brought into Newcastle on loan with an option to buy him next summer.
The Sun report says the following:
“The Argentinian can leave the relegated Swans for £6M but Benitez hopes that the club will consider a year-long temporary transfer.”
So there’s no mention about an option to buy in the loan deal.
That would be a cheap way to bring in the Argentine although it would be better if we signed him up this summer.
Maybe Rafa wants him at Newcastle for next season only?
And the player is a big admirer of Mr. Benitez and had this to say back in 2014 when he joined Swansea and left Napoli:
“The development I had under Benitez allowed me to move to the Premier League. Here football is different to Serie A.”
“I appreciate Rafa a lot, and he sent me a good message when I joined Swansea. I thank him because he allowed me to grow.”
“Last season he put faith in me and I learned a lot. It prepared me for the Premier League.”
Fernández made his debut for Argentina against Ecuador in April 2011 and was in the World Cup squad in 2014 when he was preferred to Newcaste’s Fabricio Coloccini.
We would expect Fernández would be very keen to rejoin Rafa at Newcastle for the coming season – either on loan or permanently.
Swansea would prefer a straight transfer.