According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Swansea City have entered talks to sign Empoli’s Mario Rui.
The report claims that a deal for Rui to join Roma was all-but done, yet now both Swansea City and Valencia have made a last-ditch attempt to sign the fullback after holding talks with his agent.
Swansea are intent on strengthening their squad this summer after a superb second half of last season saw them move comfortable away from the relegation zone and safely into mid-table.
Italian boss Francesco Guidolin has plenty of experience of top-flight Serie A and a number of Swansea’s proposed new signings this summer could come from his native Italy.
The Swans are seemingly in the market for a new forward following Alberto Paloschi’s deal to return to Italy with Atalanta, yet fresh reports now suggest they are also keen on bolstering the defence.
Rui, 25, is predominantly a left-back and was a key member of Empoli’s squad last term, making 36 league appearances and impressing with an average 2.6 interceptions and 2.3 clearances per match.
Roma are said to have been tracking the former Benfica man for some time and Gianluca Di Marzio claims a deal was almost complete, yet Swansea and Valencia’s late attempts could see him leave Italy.
A recent report in The Mirror claimed Swansea were happy to sell current left-back Neil Taylor this summer, so perhaps Rui has been identified as a potential replacement for the Welshman.