Rafa Benitez at Newcastle is thinking about signing another center-back to fill in for the injured Florian Lejeune, who looks to be out for most of this season with a severe ACL knee injury.
This has come as a blow to Newcastle because we were looking to buy a fullback and a couple of strikers – but now Rafa may have to somehow bring in another experienced central defender as well.
We have been linked with Swansea defender Federico Fernandez and Rafa wanted to take him on loan but the Swans have said that option is not available and that he will cost £10M.
That’s a lot of money to pay for Fernandez, who may only be a backup defender, so it’s going to be interesting as to how Rafa handles this particular situation.
Swansea defender Federico Fernandez – in Argentina’s colors
Fernandez was at Napoli in Rafa’s first year there from 2013-2014 and the player has a high regard for the manager.
When he signed for Swansea these are the comments he made about the move:
“I already had the idea of playing in the Premier League, and when this interesting possibility arrived, Napoli and I found an agreement with absolute serenity.
“I was feeling good at Napoli, but the Premier League is attractive and is a fantastic league.
“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 learnt a lot. It prepared me for the Premier League.”
His contract at Swansea still has two years to run and while he has played 32 times with 3 goals for Argentina he was not in the squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
We doubt Rafa will be willing to pay £10M for him – maybe he will try to sign another center-back who may be available on loan?
What do you think?