Report: Ola John close to Swansea City move, five-year deal agreed

Swansea have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Ola John from Benfica.

According to a report in Voetbal International, Swansea City are closing in on the signing of Benfica winger Ola John, with a five-year deal agreed.

It is stated that negotiations between the two clubs are in the final stages, and John’s agent is quoted in the same article commenting on the impending transfer.

“It was always a dream of Ola to ever play in the Premier League,” he said. “There was interest from other clubs in the Premier League, but Ola had the best feeling about Swansea City.”

There is no reference to a transfer fee that Swansea have paid, but the young Dutch international is said to have agreed a five-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.

A 23-year-old winger, John moved to Portugal’s Benfica in 2012, signing from Eredivisie side FC Twente. During his time at the club, he has spent a loan spell with Hamburg in Germany, and has shown himself to be a great talent, with some consistency issues.

He ha made 85 appearances for Benfica, scoring eight goals and registering 15 assists, impressing with his strong wing-play. However, he is known to lack an end product, and is seen as being fairly wasteful with the ball.

This term, he has made 26 appearances in the league, but has only started nine games. It is clear that he is not in favour under head coach Jorge Jesus, and his lack of playing time is clearly affecting his development.

However, at Swansea he is likely to be given a much more consistent run of first-team football, which is sure to help him. If able to develop in the manner many expected of him, the Swans have just completed an absolutely fantastic piece of transfer business, ahead of their Premier League rivals.

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