Following all the hostility at Swansea City recently, the club finally got down to some serious planning, and one name dominating almost every media outlet, is that of Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony.
The player said: “The clubs are now talking. Swansea is a wonderful club that plays attractive football. It’s my chance to play in the Premier League. I understand from my agent Swansea have bid 12 million euros. That’s the amount Vitesse wants, I hope there is some good news soon.”
As a contingency plan, the club also have bids on the table for Lyon hitman Bafetimbi Gomis, and St Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The South Wales Evening Echo report these are in the region of £8-10m.
The newspaper also states that the club is hopeful of tying up a deal for Alejandro Pozuelo from Real Betis, and also agreeing a second loan for Jonathan de Guzman. Also linked from the same outlet is Getafe’s highly rated Spanish U-21 playmaker Pablo Sarabia. He is said to be close to a switch to newly promoted La Liga side Elche, though Laudrup could be ready to make a late move.
Another player that will be arriving at the Liberty Stadium is Spanish defender Jordi Amat in a £2.5 deal. The Daily Mail reports that he will join, subject to a medical and international clearance. It is another canny signing for Laudrup who has raided the La Liga again. The Espanyol player will join fellow Spaniard Jose Canas who linked up with the Swans from Real Betis earlier this month.
A £2m fee was also agreed with Birmingham for winger Nathan Redmond. The Daily Mirror confirms that Norwich City have also had a bid accepted for the player, though he is holding out for a move to Everton, with Swansea said to be his second choice. As yet, the Toffees haven’t lodged a formal bid.
After being criticised by Laudrup’s agent Bayram Tutumlu, for being too thrifty with the chequebook, Huw Jenkins has certainly responded defiantly and the bids that have been made so far have been for players that will add an extra dimension to the squad for next season.
Liverpool’s promising midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is also linked, who you would expect to flourish under Laudrup. The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool will consider a bid of around £5m, though the two clubs already have a good relationship, after Brendan Rogers and Joe Allen left South Wales for Merseyside last summer. Espanyol’s midfielder Wakaso Mubarak is on Swansea’s radar as well, with a £4.5m bid being considered.
It appears the only sparks that are flying at the Liberty Stadium from now on will be coming from the boardroom’s fax machine.
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