Having already taken a look at Fabian Schar (per the Northern Echo), AC Milan have also shown an interest in Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez, according to Calciomercato, via The Boot Room.
Due to their Financial Fair Play struggles and with a limited budget available (Corriere dello Sport via Calciomercato), Milan are looking to sign players who have one year left on their contract – which is the case for both Newcastle men.
Milan have also reportedly looked at Dejan Lovren, Matija Nastasic, Dayot Upamecano and Victor Ruiz.
After joining Newcastle in the summer, Federico Fernandez started 17 Premier League games for Newcastle last season, coming on as a substitute twice.
He made 0.8 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 5.4 clearances and 0.6 blocks per game while committing 0.6 fouls and being dribbled past 0.4 times on average (per WhoScored).
Fabian Schar started 22 Premier League games during his first season on Tyneside and is currently the club’s top scorer left from last season after the departures of Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon.
He made 2.5 tackles, 2.8 interceptions, 5.7 clearances and 0.7 blocks while making 1.2 fouls and being dribbled last 1.1 times per match, as per the data compiled by WhoScored.
If Newcastle feel they want to sell either Fernandez or Schar to AC Milan, they would be much better off selecting the former to let go.
Schar has been an integral figure of Newcastle’s defence since moving to St. James’ Park, while Fernandez has slightly faded into the background, considering his lack of appearances in comparison.
If the Argentinian is sold and that money is reinvested then it could be good business for Newcastle considering his age, though Schar would feel like a significant loss when looking at his impact last season.
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