Last summer saw a scramble for one of the previous seasons star performers; well for the latter part of it anyway.
When Swansea City convinced Hoffenheim to lend them Gylfi Sigurdsson for the remainder of the season it was a master class from then manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Icelandic international had struggled since arriving in Germany from Reading in 2010-11; mainly with persistent injury problems. Rodgers who had previously worked with the midfielder during his time in Berkshire was quick to snap him up and was not disappointed by the results.
Long story short; 19 games and seven goals later he had cemented himself in the hearts of the Swansea fans. They wanted him to stay at the Liberty Stadium and Huw Jenkins did everything they could to convince him to remain a Swan.
But Rodgers had already moved on so Liverpool soon became the favourites to snap up the talented midfield maestro and bid Hoffenheim for the player.
Then as if from nowhere Tottenham made an enquiry and swept Gylfi off his feet. He was a smitten kitten and before you could say Eyjafjallajokull was a Tottenham Hotspur player; the first signing of Andre Villas Boas’ regime.
This summer believe it or not a similar story seems to be emerging from The Liberty Stadium; involving Jonathan De Guzman.
Michael Laudrup did excellent business this summer but the arrival of the 25-year-old on loan from Villarreal was a stroke of genius from the Dane and he has been duly rewarded.
De Guzman has been one of the lynchpins in this Swansea outfit that has won the League Cup and secured a European adventure next season. His performances were of such note that he joined his team-mate Michel Vorm in the Dutch national team; making his official debut earlier this month.
Now it is being reported that Liverpool are interested in the player while Villarreal are keen to keep hold of him if they return to La Liga this season.
Villarreal are not exactly financially blessed but the recent sale of Giuseppe Rossi means they do not have to sell whereas in the case of Hoffenheim a very officious German tax-man was breathing down their back at the time of the Sigurdsson sale and they had little choice but to sell.
While Liverpool would also do well to be aware of North London interest once again. Not from Spurs; they seem pretty packed out in that midfield area. However Arsenal would be a great destination for De Guzman.
With Abou Diaby out for another indefinite period and Tomas Rosicky seemingly on his way out of the club at least one more central midfield player is necessary and De Guzman would be the perfect man for the job.
Or he could just stay with Swansea City and enjoy the fruits of this seasons labour.
Where do you think De Guzman will be playing next season?
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