After impressing for Dynamo Moscow in the Russia side’s Champions League exit against Celtic this week, hype that defender Leandro Fernandez is peddled into overdrive this Friday with The Times of London and Sky Sports linking a raft of Premier League clubs to the Argentine.
According to Gary Jacob in The Times, “Leandro Fernandez, the Dynamo Moscow and Argentina defender, is among Liverpool’s targets for cover at centre half.”
While according to sources at Sky, “interest [is] mounting in England with Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham all believed to be showing a keen interest.”
Fuelling the rumour mill is Fernandez’s UK-based agent Barry McIntosh, who has been spouting “the interest in Leandro Fernandez is significant. At this point, though, it is too early to talk about names or specific clubs. But Luis is keen on a move to the Premier League, that is true.”
At 26-years-old, right-footed Fernandez is a defender through-and-through who appears well equipped to deal with the rigors of the Premier League. The Argentine has all the qualities that a good central defender needs, being strong, fast, a good tackler and with complete with a good heading ability.
Fernandez’s talents have been recognised on their international arena too, the defender being a part of Argentina’s winning 2004 Olympic team as well as playing for the senior Argentina side during the 2004 Copa America.
Any transfer to England for Fernandez is aided by the fact that the defender has an EU citizenship.
Video evidence of Leandro Fernandez can be seen here.