Battle lines have been drawn on the Western front of British football. At stake between two fierce rivals is the capture of Bafetimbi Gomis as Swansea vie to snare the Lyon striker from under Cardiff City’s noses. The Daily
The French-based sharp-shooter, 27, fired 20 goals in 40 appearances last term in all competitions, and with Lyon keen to cash in on their key players, negotiations are well under way. Nicknamed ‘The Baby Drogba’, tantrums should be expected at whichever club misses out on his signature.
A delicate truce seems to be in place between manager Michael Laudrup and chairman Huw Jenkins, though this hasn’t prevented further speculation surrounding the Dane’s future. Midfielder Leon Britton, speaking on talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil breakfast show programme admitted the players know as much as everyone else about the matter.
“We all hope Laudrup stays at Swansea, it’s a bit of a summer of disruption,” Britton said. “The players didn’t see this coming. There appears to be a problem with the agent and other bits and pieces.
“Hopefully the club will sort it out, the manager will come back and we’ll carry on in July. It seems like that’s the way it is in Swansea though, we seem to lose a lot of managers. Hopefully he comes back though because that’s what the players want.”
Wales assistant coach and lifelong Swansea supporter John Hartson however, has urged the fans to support the chairman in whatever decisions he makes. Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post, he said: “I think it’s a case of ‘in the chairman we trust’, Huw Jenkins has to be respected and looked up to because he’s never failed to get it right. He’s got every decision spot on.
“We have to trust whatever decision the club makes. I think Michael Laudrup’s done an excellent job. But if anything was to happen, you’d have to trust the chairman to handle the decision properly.
“Swansea will handle it properly and, whatever the decision is, I think it will be the right one for the club.”
One person staying at the club for now, at least, could well be defender Ashley Williams, after Arsenal refused to meet Jenkins’ £10m valuation of the player. The Gunners have long been linked with the Welshman as they look to add defensive reinforcements, though Swansea have consistently maintained that one of their prized assets will not go cheap.
Meanwhile, Belgium’s blossoming production line has caught the attention of the Swans after they had a £2.5m bid turned down for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi, 19. The has suggested that an improved offer could be made as they seek to find their very own Romelu Lukaku.
The tussle for Gomis will rumble on. Cardiff, armed with substantial resources, won’t lie down easily. Jenkins though, knows business inside out. Sun Tzu’s Art of War states, ‘every battle is won before it’s ever fought’.
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