Swansea pushing to wrap-up £7m deal for Argentina World Cup defender

Swansea City will try and wrap-up a £7 million deal for Napoli defender Federico Fernandez within the next 48 hours.

According to reports, Napoli’s Argentine ace Federico Fernandez is considered as the ideal man to partner Ashley Williams at the heart of the South Wales outfit’s defence.

The World Cup runner-up is currently a leading target for Swansea manager Gary Monk, who is looking to replace the departing Chico Flores.The Spaniard is set to quit the Liberty Stadium in a £4 million-plus deal to link-up with Michael Laudrup in Qatar – paving the way for the club to bring in a new centre-back.

He had been in the club’s sights last summer and his name was brought up in discussions as the two clubs negotiated over a deal to take Michu to Naples. Unfortunately, the Italian outfit put a block on including the defender as part of a potential switch, although they did not shut the door on a future move.

Fernandez began to establish himself as a regular for Napoli under Rafa Benitez last term, making 25 league appearances as the club took third spot in Serie A.

The 25-year-old’s form saw him feature in Brazil, starting four games for his nation, before injury saw Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis replace him in the latter stages, including the final defeat to Germany.

  TeamPosInterception Won / appsOutfielder Block / appsTotal Clearance / appsTackle Success Rate (%)Aerial Success Rate (%)Pass Completion Rate (%)AppsMins
Federico Fernández Argentina DF 1.50 1.00 6.75 75.00 81.82 89.37 4 390

He impressed greatly throughout the summer tournament, recording a number of impressive statistics during his involvement. Having won 75% of his attempted tackles and 81% of his aerial duels, he formed an impassable force at the heart of his nation's back-four. He also proved relaxed when in possession, completing 90% of his passes. 

The centre-back has been has been included in Napoli’s squad for their friendly with Paris Saint-Germain on Monday but is expected to travel to Wales for talks. Reports suggest the Swans are looking to conclude a deal within the next 48 hours.

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