Swansea City complete transfer of World Cup defender

Swansea City have signed Argentina international Federico Fernandez, who has signed a four-year deal with the club.

Garry Monk’s side started their Premier League season with a sensational 2-1 win at Manchester United, the first time they have ever recorded a league win at Old Trafford. And there is now more reason for the Liberty Stadium club to celebrate, after they completed the signing of Fernandez from Italian side Napoli.

The 25-year-old defender has 26 international caps for Argentina, including four from the World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer. He made 38 appearances for Partenopei last season, five of which came in the UEFA Champions League, and has joined the Swans after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for his transfer.

Fernandez, who joined Napoli from Estudiantes in 2011 for £2.5million, will now compete with Jordi Amat and Kyle Bartley for a place alongside captain Ashley Williams in the heart of City’s back four. He is expected to be in the squad for their first home match of the campaign, when Burnley visit on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Jonathan De Guzman, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Spanish side Villarreal, has joined Napoli on a permanent transfer. The midfielder played in all of Holland’s matches as they made the World Cup semi-finals in Brazil, and racked up 71 league games for the Swans.

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