Benjamin Stambouli has maintained all summer that his priority was to leave France. He may have started Montpellier's first game of the season against Bordeaux, but he may not line up for them much longer.
Young Stambouli broke into the Montpellier side when they won the 2011/12 Ligue 1 title, and over the last two seasons he has established himself as an integral part of La Paillade.
He is a tough tackler, not just tough, but superbly accurate and decisive. He can spray the ball 40 yards, or pick out the simple option. His all-round game is very impressive.
The epitome of a team player, Stambouli has played in central midfield, centre-back, right-back and left-back - just about anywhere that various Montpellier bosses have asked him to.
Montpellier will be loathed to let Stambouli leave Montpellier on a free, and with his contract expiring, now is the time for the midfielder to find a new club.
No league in Europe prepares players for the rigours of the Premier League like Ligue 1, and there would be minimal adaption needed if the player was to make the move
Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin has maintained that Stambouli will be on the move this summer if the right bid came in. Swansea's offer is reported to be for the €5 million that the French club were looking for, and if true, the move would be close to being completed.
No one in the current Montpellier side has made more tackles than the 23-year-old, and in a team that has had more red cards than any other side in Europe’s top leagues, Stambouli has only picked up five yellows in 31 appearances.
Not only does Stambouli possess excellent defensive skills, but he also reads the game very well, can cover in various positions in defence and has a wonderful eye for a pass.
His style suits the philosophy of the Welsh side, and he would slot into the team with ease. It would be a great move for everyone involved.