Leverkusen signs Chilean forward Fernandes

Bayer Leverkusen signed Chilean forward Junior Fernandes from Universidad de Chile on Friday on a five-year contract.

The 23-year-old Fernandes has played four times for Chile, and will step in at Leverkusen for departed Eren Derdiyok. Derdiyok signed with Hoffenheim.

"Junior Fernandes was the player we wanted to fill the spot vacated up front by the departure of Eren Derdiyok," Leverkusen executive director Wolfgang Holzhauser said.

"We are happy to have signed this highly talented youngster and are convinced that we will now be able to better compete on the international stage."

Fernandes had eight goals in the first half of the Chilean season, and had six goals in the Copa Libertadores.

"Junior Fernandes has got everything a modern forward needs," said Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller. "He is strong both technically and physically and is quick and efficient in front of goal.

"We are confident he'll be able to establish himself in the Bundesliga."