Swansea City manager Garry Monk today confirmed that the club had agreed a fee for Argentine World Cup defender Federico Fernandez. The deal with Napoli is believed to be worth just over £7m for the 25 year old.
Fernandez, a centre-back by trade, signed for Napoli for €3m in December 2010 but following a visa dispute began his career in Europe in July 2011. Since then he has played 36 Serie A games for Napoli, including 18 last season with a loan spell at Spanish club Getafe CF in between.
Fernandez was important in Argentina’s run to this summer’s World Cup final in Brazil, starting 4 matches along the way. He has picked up 26 caps for his nation since making his international debut in April 2011.
Monk seemed confident about the club’s ability to complete the deal saying: “hopefully he’ll be coming over to have a medical as soon as possible.” Monk was also confident about Fernandez’ talents, “he’s a good size, a very good footballer and someone who will suit Swansea City”.
Swansea City were searching for a centre-back following the sale of Chico Flores to Qatari side Lekhwiya SC who will link up with his old manager Michael Laudrup. The Swans’ quick off their Premier League campaign against Manchester United on Saturday, facing Louis Van Gaal and his revamped Red Devils team.