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Swansea City's Spanish exodus set to begin as Michu heads for Napoli and Pablo Hernandez lines up Qatar move

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 15, 2014

By Gareth Vincent / gareth.vincent@swwmedia.co.uk / @Gareth_Vincent

Angel Rangel, Pablo Hernandez and Michu at the Liberty Stadium.

Angel Rangel, Pablo Hernandez and Michu at the Liberty Stadium.

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SWANSEA City's Spanish exodus is set to begin with Michu joining Napoli and Pablo Hernandez tipped to move to Qatar.

Michu's long-anticipated departure was last night close to being finalised, with the Spanish international forward tipped to sign a season-long loan deal in Italy.

And Swansea are also preparing to say farewell to Hernandez, who seems poised for a move to Al Arabi after it emerged he flew out to the Middle East for transfer talks last week.

Swansea are set to sanction Michu's temporary switch to Napoli even though they would have preferred a permanent deal.

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As it stands, the agreement is likely to be a loan with a view to a full-time switch, with a fee of around £8 million being mentioned.

This time last year, Swansea would have fought tooth and nail to hold on to Michu, whose value at that point was in excess of £20 million.

But new boss Garry Monk has accepted that the time is right for the 28-year-old to move on after his difficult second season at the Liberty.

Michu struggled badly with injuries last term and, even when he was fit to play, he rarely looked happy.

Sending him to Napoli will save Swansea a sizeable sum in wages, while the Serie A club — who will play in the Champions League next season — are also likely to pay a significant loan fee.

Hernandez, meantime, is set to leave on a permanent deal, with Swansea expected to receive some sort of transfer fee.

The former Valencia man featured regularly under Monk last season, arguably producing the best football of his Swansea career after Michael Laudrup's successor switched him from the left flank to a more central role.

And Hernandez was part of Monk's plans for 2014-15 until the player approached Swansea's hierarchy at the start of pre-season to discuss his future.

It is understood Hernandez is attracting interest from clubs in a number of countries, including his native Spain.

But Qatari side Al Arabi are favourites to sign the 29-year-old after he held talks with them last week.

While Swansea are expected to receive some money for Hernandez, the player's value is low as he has only one year left to run on his contract in SA1.

Swansea are therefore bracing themselves to make a considerable loss on a player who cost them a then club-record £5.55 million when he arrived from Valencia in August 2012.

Laudrup brought Hernandez to Swansea and, having previously signed him at Getafe, was tipped to make another move for the four-cap Spain man after taking over at Qatari club Lekhwiya.

But it seems Laudrup has shown no interest in Hernandez, who could instead line up for one of his new team's rivals.

As well as Michu and Hernandez, Alejandro Pozuelo and Jose Canas are in line to leave Swansea this summer, while Alvaro Vazquez has already gone. That means that having started last term with eight Spaniards in the squad, Swansea could kick off the new campaign with only three — Angel Rangel, Chico Flores and Jordi Amat.

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  • yankytaff  |  July 15 2014, 10:48PM

    Crojack It's the same every season, there's still 6 weeks (roughly) left before the transfer window closes we're not the only club still wheeling and dealing, or with an incomplete squad. Players will probably join all clubs following start of preseason training. I wish they'd move the transfer window so all deals would have to be done by 1st August, it was something ML advocated for and it make sense.

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  • CroJack  |  July 15 2014, 8:47PM

    Players and managers (and chairmen) come and go. We are much stronger with Michu and Pablo, they are both great players. I am curious if we kan keep Bony, and which players will come as replacements for Michu and Pablo. Pre-season has already here and we have an incomplete squad which is not optimal. Not a word about DeGuzman, Ki's situation is not solved yet, a lot of speculations and rumours about Davies and Bony...

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  • moggs  |  July 15 2014, 8:39PM

    Good to see we are in accord.

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  • yankytaff  |  July 15 2014, 7:11PM

    I know Moggs I'm winding you up, an era marks a distinctive period/event in time you're right it's the end of an era and a start of a new one .

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  • moggs  |  July 15 2014, 6:55PM

    Well,yanky,not according to my dictionary. Ten years is a decade.

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  • yankytaff  |  July 15 2014, 6:39PM

    An era is 10 years moggs

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  • moggs  |  July 15 2014, 5:57PM

    Now why do you assume "they will end up sitting on a bench somewhere",kellers?

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  • kellers27  |  July 15 2014, 4:59PM

    They will end up like the rest of the players who have left us, sitting on a bench somewhere.

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  • brochadav  |  July 15 2014, 1:32PM

    Nekodah....Bony hasn't gone and the release clause is still a hypothetical. We value Davies at 15 million, not 8. And Pablo wants to leave, with a year left on his deal we are not in a strong position. Now Michu, after his first season he was worth 20, after his second season we are lucky anyone wants him. A years loan and then 8 million represents a healthy profit and is a good deal. Some people just seem to enjoy knocking our club. I mean, it's not like we are a big club. Some have unrealistic expectations. And if Bony goes, I believe the board when they say it'll be for a lot more than media speculation has given!

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  • moggs  |  July 15 2014, 12:35PM

    Looks like the end of an era at The Liberty. Good luck to those who are leaving,and thanks for your efforts.

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