London - Swansea City on Wednesday announced the signing of Argentina defender
Federico Fernandez from Napoli on a four-year contract for an
"Swansea City are delighted to confirm the
signing of Napoli and Argentina defender Federico Fernandez for an
undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance," read a statement
on the Premier League club's website.
"The 25-year-old passed his medical on Monday before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Liberty today (Wednesday)."
the fee for Fernandez was undisclosed, British media reports said that
it was around £8 million.
said he had received recommendations about Swansea from several of the
club's players, including Spanish forward Michu, who is currently on
loan at Napoli.
"It has always been my dream to play in the
Premier League - it is the best in the world - and I'm grateful to
Swansea for giving me this opportunity," Fernandez told the Swansea
"Michu told me it is a family club and the city is very
relaxed. He said I was joining a very good club. All I've heard are good
things about Swansea."
He added: "I can identify myself with the
Swansea style. I like to play the ball from the back and, of course, I
love to defend, too."
Fernandez started four games for Argentina
in their run to the World Cup final, where they were beaten 1-0 by
Germany after extra time. He has won 30 international caps, scoring two
He is expected to partner Swansea captain Ashley Williams
in central defence, following the sale of Spanish defender Chico Flores
to Qatari side Lekhwiya last week.
Subject to international clearance, Fernandez could go into the squad for Swansea's league game at home to Burnley on Saturday.
started his career with Argentine club Estudiantes, before moving to
Napoli in July 2011 for around £2.5 million. He spent time on loan at
Spanish side Getafe in 2013.