Swansea are set to swoop for a Spanish star at a price of around £1 million. Who is he?
Michael Laudrup was under huge pressure when he was appointed to follow Brendan Rodgers at the Welsh club. He has brilliantly transformed the side and his knowledge of the Spanish transfer market is paying off big time.
Jose Canas of Real Betis is set to make the switch to Swansea at a bargain price of what could be less than £1 million.
If the deal goes through without a hitch then it would follow up nicely the £2 million transfer of the club’s new star Michu last summer.
It’s not a bad signing either because Canas can help Swansea improve in a number of ways. As a defensive midfielder, he will come in and offer extra protection to the back four, allowing Swansea to be more confident in attack.
Real Betis manager Pepe Mel has said he is open to letting the player leave the Spanish club but it all depends on how Swansea want to approach the deal and whether they want to push it through before the summer.
Laudrup is creating a reputation for himself as a manager who buys players, cheaply, that fit the philosophy of Swansea as a football club.
This is different to the tactics of many other top flight bosses who buy players based on their own perceptions of how football should be played and how a team should be set up.
It makes Swansea two things; respectable and solid. Respectable in the sense that they are a well run, unified and sensible football club and solid in the respect that they buy players who compliment each other and improve the team.
Swansea fans should be confident in their current manager’s transfer policy and the way he runs his team, the threat of Premier League relegation and misspent cash can be confined to the dustbin.
Swansea fans should have a very big smile on their faces after reading this news this morning because they just seem to be getting stronger and have a great chance of a Wembley final having beaten Chelsea 2-0 in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.
If Swansea don’t bring in their latest star by the end of January then they may miss out on him altogether but the important point is that Laudrup is rarely linked with players who carry huge egos and ridiculous price tags.
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