The Newcastle fans who have been ramping up the pressure on Mike Ashley this summer could be set to see their action have an impact, as the Magpies are nearing the signing of Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna. According to The Mirror, the Swiss defender is close to a £3.5 million deal for the 26-year-old as Florian Lejeune faces a long injury lay-off.
Newcastle are on the verge of making centre back Fabian Schar their fourth summer signing after agreeing a fee of around £3.5m with Deportivo La Coruña, and the 26-year-old is believed to be having a medical today. [Mirror]
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 25, 2018
Considering Chancel Mbemba was sold to Porto earlier this week, Newcastle’s need for a new central defender is no secret. Last season the Magpies saw Florian Lejeune and Jamaal Lascelles strike up an impressive defensive partnership at the back for the club but considering Lejeune now faces some time in the medical room after he’s suffered a knee injury.
The injury to the club’s French defender means that Schar will probably be thrown into the deep end if he does join St James Park. Newcastle are to host Tottenham on August 11th in their opening Premier League game. Despite this, the classy ballplaying defender is likely to be a good fit at the club and his ability to bring the ball out from the back with an impressive passing range will make him a good fit in a Rafa Benitez managed team.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on Schar here:
If we get him and Bryan for under 10 million that’s good work!
— Jordan Morris (@JordNufcmorris) July 25, 2018
Last of the big spenders, careful Mike Ashley a whole £3.5m – you’re spoiling us!
— Rich Wearz (@wearz) 25 July 2018
Good replacement for lejeune
— samuel oumaouche (@OumaoucheSamuel) July 25, 2018
So use money from selling Sels ?
— Ginkoh_NUFC (@Ginkohro) July 25, 2018
I'll believe it when he's holding the shirt
— Evan Kiropoulos (@LamarLewis31) July 25, 2018
This lad had a solid world cup. But then again Sissoko was on fire for Euros
— TH Sports Massage Therapy (@tonyhenderson73) 25 July 2018
Finally some good business
— Alexander Frost (@AlexB_Frost) July 25, 2018
Whilst a lot of Newcastle fans have little confidence in signing a player for actual money, this deal looks like it could happen and it would be a good switch for all involved.