Elche transfers: Fede Fernndez and Mercau reinforce Elche’s defense
mel Elche reinforces the axis of its defense with Federico Fernndez. The 33-year-old Argentine central defender arrives from Newcastle in England, where he has played for the last four seasons. Fede Fernndez will live his second stage in Spanish football, after passing through Getafe in the second half of the 2012-13 academic year.
Federico Fernndez (Tres Algarrobos, Argentina, February 21, 1989) is a right-handed centre-back who stands out for his height (1.90 meters), forcefulness and experience. He trained and debuted as a professional at Estudiantes de La Plata. In 2011, he made the leap to Europe at the hands of Napoli, who paid more than three million euros for his transfer. In Italy, he lived two and a half campaigns. In between, he gave a high level on his loan to Getafe, with whom he played 14 games and scored a goal.
In the summer market of 2014, he went on to play in the Premier League with Swansea, who made a bet on his signing for 10 million euros. He played four seasons with the Swans, and in all of them as a regular starter. As a result of his performance, after Swansea’s relegation to the Championship, he continued in the elite of English football with his sale to Newcastle, for just over 6.5 million euros. With the magpies, his share was more or less. In the last championship, he only played seven games.
At national team level, it is worth noting Fede Fernndez’s 32 international caps with Argentina, with whom he attended the 2011 Copa America and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His last call-up with the albiceleste took place at the end of 2014.
The South American central defender reinforces a position in which the Elche coach, Francisco Rodríguez, already had Enzo Roco, Pedro Bigas, Diego González and Gonzalo Verd, the latter injured, plus youth squad player John Chetauya. Of course, Fede Fernndez is the only new face in the rear axis.
Fede Fernndez becomes the seventh incorporation of Elche, after Eze Ponce (execution of the purchase option), Clerc, Roger Mart, Pol Lirola, Collado and Domingos Quina. He lands on the last day of the summer market, in which the team from Elche lost Johan Mojica, transferred to Villarreal. The French-green owner, Christian Bragarnik, works against the clock to find a replacement.
Fernndez Mercau, on the horn
Fernndez Mercau is the substitute for Johan Mojica at Elche. The left-back, 22 years old and 1.72 meters tall, arrives from Argentina’s San Lorenzo de Almagro. Cover the gap left by Mojica, transferred to Villarreal on the last day of the summer market. Quite a challenge, since the Colombian was one of the mainstays of the group trained by Francisco Rodríguez. Fernndez Mercau becomes the second franjiverde reinforcement at the end of this transfer period, along with Fede Fernndez.
According to what they point out from Argentina, the transfer was closed at around four million euros. Fernndez Mercau signs for five campaigns, until June 2027.
Nicolas Ezequiel Fernndez Mercau (Buenos Aires, 01/11/2000) makes the leap to Europe after three seasons in San Lorenzo. According to Transfermarkt, he accumulates 50 games, two goals and three assists. This portal gives it a market value of 2.50 million euros. This signing bears the stamp of the owner of Elche, the Argentine Christian Bragarnik, who, as on previous occasions, ‘fished’ for a compatriot in a moment of urgency.
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