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Swans lead chase for Betis ace

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 27, 2013

target Swansea City head the queue to sign Real Betis midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo.

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SWANSEA City are leading the race to sign La Liga prospect Alejandro Pozuelo.

Real Betis starlet Pozuelo is thought to be attracting interest from a host of clubs this summer.

But Swansea are confident they will clinch the signing of the 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who has made 11 senior appearances this season and is being mentioned as a star of the future.

It seems the Michael Laudrup factor will have a key role in persuading Pozuelo to join Swansea.

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The same is true of his fellow Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas (below), who is likely to be confirmed as Swansea's first summer recruit soon after the Spanish season ends this weekend.

The arrivals of the two Betis men will be a boost for Laudrup's plans for next season — but the Dane is also demanding a host of other new signings.

As reported in the Evening Post on Saturday, Laudrup has made it clear to Swansea's owners that he wants assurances over the club's plans for the transfer window.

He is keen to land at least two high-calibre centre-forwards, and is interested in men like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left), Arouna Kone, Iago Aspas and Romelu Lukaku.

Reports in Denmark this weekend suggested Swansea were close to clinching a £10 million deal for Aubameyang, but there are question marks at this stage about whether Huw Jenkins would be willing to stump up such a sizeable transfer fee.

The Post understands that Aubameyang — who starred in France with St Etienne last season — may be available for around £8 million, but even then there would be no guarantee that Swansea would pay out that kind of sum.

Wigan star Kone, meantime, is expected to cost around £5 million, while Celta Vigo's Aspas is likely to command a fee in excess of Swansea's current £5.55 million club record.

Liverpool became the latest in a line of Premier League clubs to be linked with Aspas this weekend.

Meanwhile, Aubameyang has been touted as a potential target for Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala.

Swansea are interested in taking Lukaku on a season-long loan from Chelsea, but there are no guarantees as yet that he will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge again after last term's successful stint with West Brom.

The Blues must first appoint a new manager and, even then, it could be that they do not decide on whether to retain Lukaku for 2013-14 until pre-season.

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  • KP287  |  May 28 2013, 12:27AM

    Well we now know the 3 teams to be relegated next season, Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Hull... We will be even better, with new signings...

  • brochadav  |  May 27 2013, 4:37PM

    Other clubs always seem very interested in players we look at. Rodgers in particular comes sniffing around our targets. Is he actually such a good manager? because he doesn't seem able to identify targets by himself. We'll make signings, we have a long list and we'll get players in. Maybe we'll all be pleasantly surprised (hopefully) by who comes in. Kone did well for Wigan but for some reason I don't fancy him, not sure why. So he'd probably be a fantastic signing!!!!

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  • Hadoken736262  |  May 27 2013, 11:51AM

    Lukaku is apparently staying at Chelsea now. Liverpool are apparently very interested in Iago Aspas, talking about offering him 45k a week or something. IN which case, you can say goodbye to him too. Apparently his value will drop if his team are relegated, but maybe if we pay full whack for him now we could get him first? I think Kone would be good for 5 million, I been quite impressed with him.

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