Having seen their club steal the show in last year’s transfer market with the acquisition of players like Michu, Chico and Ki Sung-Yeung, Swansea City fans no doubt expect great things once again this summer.
So far the signs look good, with Jordi Amat, Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Canas already arriving, and Wilfried Bony apparently close to agreeing a move to the Liberty Stadium.
The latest reports see Michael Laudrup’s team linked with QPR midfielder Esteban Granero, who is unwilling to play in the Championship next season. Granero played under Laudrup at Getafe in the 2007/08 season, and his agent, Carlo Cutropia, has indicated the 26-year-old would be keen to reunite with the Dane this summer.
"The two clubs are talking about, it's true," he told Tuttomercatoweb.
"[Michael] Laudrup knows him very well from Getafe, where together they had a great Uefa Cup campaign.
"Swansea are also looking at many Spanish players and play in Europe next year, the destination would be absolutely acceptable to Esteban."
There was plenty of excitement around Granero’s arrival at QPR last season, but he failed to hit his best form under either Mark Hughes or Harry Redknapp, and only ended up making 24 league appearances as each manager rotated his options in a vain attempt to stave off relegation.
At Swansea, Granero would have every chance of recapturing his best form in a team set up to utilise his undoubted talent. The 26-year-old is an accomplished passer and his defensive qualities should not be underrated.
QPR paid around £7million for Granero last summer, and would hope to recoup most of that fee as well as moving the Spaniard off their wage bill this summer. However given Granero’s desire to leave, Swansea would be in a strong negotiating position.
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