In what will go down as a transfer window that will drive Rafa Benitez out of Newcastle, the club has announced that they have signed Federico Fernandez on a permanent deal.
Federico Fernandez signed from Swansea City, and he has been a possible target for months ever since Swansea were relegated.
The 29-year-old Argentine played under Rafa Benítez at Napoli back in the 2013-2014 season and signed an initial two-year deal at Newcastle after playing four seasons in the Premier League at Swansea.
New signing 29-year-old Federico Fernandez
Here is some of the information put out by the club on their website about Federico:
He began his career in his homeland with Estudiantes before moving to Napoli in 2011.
He won the Copa Italia with Gli Azzurri in 2014 as well as playing in the Champions League.
Fernandez signed for Swansea in the summer of 2014 and made more than 100 Premier League appearances for the Welsh club.
The player will wear the number 18 shirt for Newcastle United and will be eligible to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Here’s what Fernandez has said:
“It was a long day but I’m really happy to be here.”
“It’s a new challenge in my life and I’m very excited to meet all the players and staff here.”
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez had this to say about his new center-back:
“I know Federico well from our time together at Napoli and it was an easy decision to bring him here.”
“He is experienced, a very good professional and he will add competition in defence.”
This is an excellent signing for Newcastle and Federico cost only £6M.
But it’s on a day which has been extremely disappointing for Newcastle fans and for Rafa Benitez.