According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Newcastle United are eyeing up a summer move for defender Fabian Schar. The 26-year-old currently plays in Spain with Deportivo La Coruna and has done so since the summer of 2017, although his future has been plunged into doubt following his side’s relegation to the second tier of Spanish football last season.
And with a reported £3.5 million release clause as a result of relegation, Newcastle are reportedly interested in luring him to St James’ Park, with the addition of the centre back likely to spell seriously bad news for current Toon defender Ciaran Clark, valued at £5.4 million by Transfermarkt.
Ultimately, Schar played a key role in helping Switzerland reach the last 16 of the World Cup earlier this summer in starting all three of their group stages matches, thus underlining the quality defender Newcastle would be acquiring were he to move to the North East giants.
And given that Republic of Ireland international Clark missed the final 12 Premier League games of the season, some as a result of injury but most given the form of Jamaal Lascelles and Florian Lejeune, he looks set to suffer the most from the 26-year-old’s possible arrival.
The centre back made the move to St James’ Park back in 2016 and helped the Magpies win promotion back to the top-flight in his first season at the club, before going on to begin the 2017/18 campaign as one of Benitez’s first choice centre backs.
In fact, the former Aston Villa star even captained the club on three occasions back in November and December to underline his influence and significance in the Newcastle squad, only for Lascelles and Lejeune to strike up an excellent partnership at the rear end of the campaign to suggest that they are the two in control of the centre back positions.
Add the talented Schar into the mix, and it’s very difficult to see Clark commanding regular football at St James’ Park, as although the Irishman did reasonably well last season, he is not going to dispose Lascelles in the starting eleven, while Lejeune improved greatly as the campaign went on to suggest he is now up to speed with Premier League football.
As such, things don’t look particularly great for Clark even now in terms of his first team chances, let alone if Benitez is able to bring Swiss star Schar to St James’ Park as well.
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