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Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins set to meet with Michael Laudrup's agent

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 01, 2013

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins (left) is set to meet with Michael Laudrup's agent Bayram Tutumlu next week.

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HUW Jenkins is set to meet with Michael Laudrup's agent next week to thrash out the future of Swansea City.

The two are poised for talks with Laudrup growing concerned that Swansea have so far failed to land his summer transfer targets.

Swansea's close season spending is certain to be high on the agenda when Jenkins meets Bayram Tutumlu, the man who represents Laudrup.

But the Dane's future at the Liberty is also sure to be mentioned.

Tutumlu said yesterday that Laudrup has pledged to stay at Swansea because of promises he made to players.

He said the Dane is determined to build on the success of his first year at the Liberty, which saw him guide Swansea to a ninth-place Premier League finish and Capital One Cup success.

"Michael Laudrup is going to stay at Swansea City because he promised the players that he was going to stay," he said on Twitter.

"For Michael Laudrup, his word is more important than other things." Even so, Laudrup is privately unhappy with Swansea's progress in the transfer market.

Adding firepower to his squad was the Dane's main summer priority.

It is thought Laudrup was keen to bring in two new forwards, but he is in danger of missing out on a host of players on his striking shortlist.

Celta Vigo frontman Iago Aspas is on the verge of completing a £7.7 million move to Liverpool, while German giants Borussia Dortmund are believed to be tracking another Swansea target, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Romelu Lukaku may now stay at Chelsea rather than spend another season on loan elsewhere, and there are fears Roberto Martinez will take Arouna Kone with him to Everton if he becomes the next manager at Goodison.

Laudrup is keen to add quality to his squad as he prepares for a demanding season that could see Swansea's workload significantly increased by their Europa League campaign.

Swansea have cash available, but the board have always been prudent when it comes to finances and may be reluctant to sanction the type of big-money transfers Laudrup wants.

Meanwhile, former Swansea manager Kenny Jackett has been appointed new manager of League One side Wolves, three weeks after resigning as Millwall boss.

And ex-Swansea midfielder Owain Tudur Jones will switch from Inverness Caledonian to Hibernian after agreeing a two-year contract at Easter Road.

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  • JohnTosh  |  June 02 2013, 12:44PM

    I think that the board only provides a budget of around £ 15m of investment in the squad and if Guzman costs around £ 5m, it leaves not much for 2 forwards, 1 midfielder (+ Canas) and the need for strengthening the central defense. ML might let Guzman go although he do not like it at all. With such a large need for new players, so it will probably be hard to find good relatively young players with continued development potential, instead, we may have to go for players like the £ 2m valued 32 year and 6.2" Riki from La Coruna or the like.

  • Llew1  |  June 01 2013, 8:42PM

    What is the point of this article? Clearly the task facing Swansea is to continue with the carefully laid plans which have proved such a success up to the present. I cannot believe that Michael Laudrup would wish to prejudice this progress in favour of a madcap spending spree. Having named players like Lukaku, Aspas, Kone and Aubameyang whom the Swans have allegedly missed on you then go on to show that these players are unlikely to be signed either because the cost is prohibitive or other clubs, higher up the pecking order, have come in for them. To pay £12 million for one player breaks the well laid plans. Everything Laudrup has done since he took over as manager has contributed to the overall plan and shows a complete understanding of what the club is aiming to do. What has changed and why would he now make unreasonable demands. Nothing rings true about this story.

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  • brochadav  |  June 01 2013, 11:17AM

    So despite the rumours, some of which have been fuelled by the SWEP, Laudrup is not leaving. And, if Laudrup is privately unhappy, it's not so private if he tells someone close to him who announces it to the world. Or is it actually a fake account and the SWEP have got it badly wrong again. Why does this paper persist in publishing non stories or stories that are (or could be) damaging to our club. Many longtime Swansea City supporters will not buy the SWEP because of it so it certainly doesn't help circulation figures. I only read it online because I will not pay for such bad press, lazy journalism is what it is.

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  • Mrsbeth10  |  June 01 2013, 9:25AM

    Great job from SWEP again! Now you are quoting FAKE twitter accounts.Call this journalism? How about getting behind the local club that's what local papers should do.

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