Swansea sign Argentina defender Fernandez

London -Swansea City on Wednesday announced the
signing of Argentina defender Federico Fernandez
from Napoli on a four-year contract for an
undisclosed fee. “Swansea City are delighted to
confirm the signing of Napoli and Argentina
defender Federico Fernandez for an undisclosed fee,
subject to international clearance,” read a statement
on the Premier League club’s website. “The 25-year-
old passed his medical on Monday before putting
pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Liberty today
(Wednesday).” While the fee for Fernandez was
undisclosed, British media reports said that it was
around 8 million ($13.3 million, 10 million euros).
Fernandez said he had received recommendations
about Swansea from several of the club’s players,
including Spanish forward Michu, who is currently on
loan at Napoli. “It has always been my dream to play
in the Premier League — it is the best in the world —
and I’m grateful to Swansea for giving me this
opportunity,” Fernandez told the Swansea website.
“Michu told me it is a family club and the city is very
relaxed. He said I was joining a very good club. All
I’ve heard are good things about Swansea.” He
added: “I can identify myself with the Swansea style.
I like to play the ball from the back and, of course, I
love to defend, too.” Fernandez started four games
for Argentina in their run to the World Cup final,
where they were beaten 1-0 by Germany after extra
time. He has won 30 international caps, scoring two
goals. He is expected to partner Swansea captain
Ashley Williams in central defence, following the
sale of Spanish defender Chico Flores to Qatari side
Lekhwiya last week. Subject to international
clearance, Fernandez could go into the squad for
Swansea’s league game at home to Burnley on
Saturday. Fernandez started his career with
Argentine club Estudiantes, before moving to Napoli
in July 2011 for around 2.5 million. He spent time
on loan at Spanish side Getafe in 2013.

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