According to a report in The Sun, Swansea City owner Huw Jenkins has admitted that his side turned down the opportunity to sign Jamie Vardy and Yannick Bolasie for paltry sums.
Leicester City took the gamble on Vardy two-and-a-half years ago, seeing his excellent goal scoring record in the conference and bringing him in while they were in the Championship.
Vardy has been instrumental for the Foxes, helping them achieve promotion and establish themselves in the top-flight before now guiding them to an unexpected top four challenge.
However, it could have been all so different for the England international and Leicester, had it not been for Swansea’s decision to turn him down and instead favour a move for Michu.
“Chairman Huw Jenkins revealed recently at a fans forum that Vardy was offered in the summer of 2012. Swansea opted against the move with Michael Laudrup, the manager at that time, bringing in Michu while Vardy made the £1million switch to the Foxes instead,” The Sun report.
Muchu originally didn’t turn out to be such a bad deal, what with the Spaniard netting 20+ goals in his debut campaign at the club and guiding the Swans to a League Cup triumph.
That said, for an extra £800,000, the Welsh outfit could have had them both up front.
And that wasn’t the only bargain deal which Swansea missed out on as the report says Jenkins also concedes that Yannick Bolasie was offered to the club for just £20,000 when he was at Plymouth.
“Jenkins told fans at the session in Haverfordwest that the club also missed out on Yannick Bolasie. The Crystal Palace wideman was offered to Swansea for just £20,000 when he was at Plymouth.”
The Mirror reported last summer that Bolasie’s price tag was set at a whopping £20 million, quite an increase from the £20,000 Jenkins claimed Swansea could have signed him for.