Las Palmas may have collapsed once manager Quique Setién revealed that he would be leaving the Canary Islands at the end of the season but it’s testament to Roque Mesa that he remained as consistent as ever.
As such, it appears that the tenacious midfielder has outgrown the humble surrounds of the Spanish island. Because, after previous links with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, The Sun claims that Swansea City are plotting a move to bring Mesa to South Wales.
The report claims that chairman Huw Jenkins is in contact with Las Palmas to negotiate a potential £9 million move. The 28-year-old is also on the radar of Sevilla as they look to replace seemingly Juventus bound talisman Steven N’Zonzi but Swansea can put together a more attractive personal terms package.
With 14 yellow cards to his name in La Liga last season, Mesa could be the kind of snarling, deep lying midfielder Swansea need to protect a backline breached more times than any side other than relegated Hull City in 2016/17.
However, Mesa is more than just a cynical enforcer. Only N’Zonzi and Atletico Madrid’s Koke completed more passes in Spain’s top flight last season than Mesa (2479).
Therefore, he is the perfect replacement for 34-year-old pass master Leon Britton, while ensuring the club keeps true to its possession-based principles.
Roque Mesa could be the heir to legendary Leon Britton
Marca claimed earlier in the season that Everton were also interested in the reliable distributor and, although The Toffees have plenty of quality in central midfield, the 5ft 7ins Spaniard would fit Ronald Koeman’s desire for hard-work off the ball and quality on it.
Mesa would provide the likes of Davy Klaassen with the freedom to attack without concern next season.
Yet, it appears that Swansea are now leading the chase.