Federico Fernandez joined Newcastle in the summer of 2018 from Swansea for £6m on just a two-year deal. That deal is quickly running down and will expire next summer. Newcastle will soon have to decide if they want to give him an extension, find a buyer for him in January, or let him leave on a free in the summer.
There have been no murmurs of him getting a new deal at the club. All the contract talk surrounds the Longstaff brothers, Martin Dubravka, and players like Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar, whose deals expire in 2021.
At 30, it does not look like Fernandez is going to get an extension with Newcastle. So what will the club decide to do with him? While £6m is by no means a significant fee in this day and age, it is still an expenditure that the club may want to offset in some way.
The Chronicle have a report stating that there are some clubs in Spain who are interested in Fernandez. They also claim that Rafa Benitez may make a move for him in January and bring him to China.
This is what was written in the Chronicle about Fernandez’s contract situation:
That may influence their thinking in January, with Fernandez a potential target for a number of clubs in Spain. Rafa Benitez, who is a big fan, may even look to take him to Dalian Yifang.
Depending on the situation, a move to Spain could be beneficial for Fernandez. Though, by that time, he will have only six months left on his deal and may just want to see out his contract. That way he could have more control over his future destination.
If Rafa Benitez does make a move for Fernandez in the winter, it will have to come at the expense of one of his key players.
Dalian Yifang currently have a maximum of four foreign members in their squad. They are Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon, Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco, Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik, and Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Boateng.
All four have several years remaining on their contracts with Rondon, Carrasco, and Boateng all on deals that expire at the end of 2022. Marek Hamsik’s deal runs out at the end of 2021. So Benitez will have to sell one of the four, or work out a mutual termination of their contract to make room for the Argentine.
If Newcastle do get offers for Fernandez, it will likely be only £1-2m for, but you also have to take into consideration his £43k/week wages. With six center-backs on the books, it could be good business to move him on if there is no desire to give him an extension. It would also open up a squad spot for any new additions in January.
Though keeping him around as security also makes sense since you can never predict when the next injury crisis will come.