Swansea City have confirmed the signing of Argentine defender Federico Fernandez from Napoli, reports the Guardian. Garry Monk has added another centre-back to his squad, and the Swans are hoping that Fernandez will be available for selection against Burnley on Saturday.
Fernandez’s arrival will bolster the Liberty Stadium backline, which already includes the likes of Ashley Williams, Jordi Amat and Kyle Bartley. Having played 26 times for Argentina, including 4 times in this summer’s World Cup, the player’s signing also increases the amount of top level experience on show at the top-flight Welsh club.
Fernandez has signed for an undisclosed fee, putting pen to paper on a four year deal. He leaves Napoli having signed for them in 2011 from Estudiantes for £2.5 million. During his 3 year stint in Italy, the defender’s most successful campaign came last year, in which he was able to help Rafa Benitez’s men to the Coppa Italia title and third place in the Serie A.
His signing will be seen as a significant coup for the Swans, who will hope that Fernandez can, in turn, help to propel their outfit up the league table. Monk picked up a shock away victory at Manchester United at the weekend, crashing the Louis Van Gaal party in the process, and will be looking to continue a good run of form against Burnley in their second game. It is not clear whether Fernandez will start against the Premier League new-boys, but he is likely to at least feature on the substitute’s bench.