A swan holds its head high above water and aggressively defends its position, something that Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has had to do this week, with the
If Laudrup is a Swan, then his agent Bayram Tutumlu is the remora fish, floating in his employer’s slipstream. After delivering silverware to the club this season, Swansea’s manger has become somewhat of a hero among fans for all of his success. According to Sky Sports News Tutumlu was keen to leverage this with the club and influence the direction of the club’s transfer policy. TalkSPORT suggested that he also acted as Chico Flores’s agent, among other Swansea City’s signings this season. When you join the dots, and read between the lines, it is easy to understand Tutumlu’s intentions.
Approaching Chairman Huw Jenkins and his advisors in such a fashion though wasn’t the wisest move. It was quite clear he was swimming with sharks, in the deep end, without a life jacket. Such a move has seen Swansea terminate the agent’s contact with the club.
The Daily Express has since linked Laudrup with a move for Espanyol’s Spanish defender Jordi Amat, 21 with a £2m deal thought to be on the cards. Whether he is being lined up to replace Ashley Williams is unknown. The Welshman has attracted the attention of new Everton and once-Swansea boss Roberto Martinez in recent days, with the Daily Mirror crediting the Merseyside club with an interest and possibly rivalling Arsenal and Liverpool for his signature.
Reports in Birmingham have also linked Swansea with a move for West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, though this may not be as straightforward as it appears. West Midlands based paper the Express and Star has claimed that Laudrup has only put forward the player’s name in anticipation of it being rejected by the board giving them no choice but to sack the Dane.
It is a story which will continue to dominate all things Swansea over the coming weeks, until the club release an official statement announcing Laudrup’s future. It is surprising to see such a claim from the Midlands newspaper, though there is perhaps no smoke without fire.
One deal that could well be on the cards, involving a West Midlands based club involves Birmingham City’s talented winger Nathan Redmond. The Daily Mail reports that the Blues are keen to cash in on one of their few remaining assets amid financial difficulties at the club, and a deal may well be agreed for around £1m with Swansea defender Kyle Bartley heading in the opposite direction.
Laudrup’s key priority is to tie down Jonathan de Guzman on a permanent contract after impressing while on loan, scoring twice in the League Cup final. It could well be a miracle if Laudrup achieves his summer targets, but is a swan that has already shown he can walk on water.
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