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Swansea City targets Chico Flores and Jonathan de Guzman: Player profiles

By This is SouthWales  |  Posted: July 10, 2012

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New Swansea City signings Chico Flores and Jonathan de Guzman are due to be unveiled at the Liberty, ThisisSouthWales understands.

Michael Laudrup is due to sign Flores on a permanent basis from Genoa, while midfielder de Guzman looks set to arrive from Villarreal on an initial season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

Flores is expected to come with a price tag of between £2.5 million and £3 million, meaning the centre-back will become the second most expensive signing in Swansea’s history behind £3.5 million man Danny Graham.

But where did it all begin for these illustrious players?

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Chico Flores

Jose Manuel Flores Moreno – aka Chico Flores – is a Spanish footballer who plays for Genoa C.F.C as a central defender.

His career began in 2006/7 with Spanish team Cadiz. He enjoyed two loan spells while at the club – the first in July 2007 to Racing Portuenese, the second in January 2008 to FC Barcelona B.

He returned to Cadiz in June 2008.

Later that year Flores made his debut for the Spanish under-21 team. The year 2008 also saw Flores transferred to Spanish team Union Deportiva Almeria, where he remained until 2010.

He played 52 games in total during his time at the club; 24 in the 2008/9 season, and 28 in 2009/10.

Flores’ next move was to Italian club Genoa C.F.C. He joined the club July 2010, penning a five-season contract for €4 million.

The following summer the player began a season-long loan to RCD Mallorca.

According to the RCD Mallorca website, 25-year-old Chico Flores is “a versatile player. His usual position is the centre, and he is also capable of adapting various positions as a defensive midfielder or right back”.

Jonathan de Guzman

Jonathan de Guzman is a Canadian-born attacking midfielder who plays for Spanish club Villarreal CF.

The 24-year-old’s career began with Netherlands club Feyenoord. He progressed through the academy from the age of 12, and made his first team debut in 2005, just days after turning 18.

Guzman gained Dutch citizenship in 2008, and that same year represented Holland at the Beijing Olympics.

In October 2009 Feyenoord confirmed the star midfielder would require an operation after sustaining a cartilage tear in his right knee. The player was frustrated at having to endure another spell on the sidelines, as he had missed almost all of the previous season with an injury to his left knee.

He told Feyenoord's official website at the time: "This is obviously a severe blow to me. I'm just back from an injury and could have finally been of value to Feyenoord."

Despite reports linking him to a move to Arsenal in August 2008, and rumoured interest in 2009 from Chelsea, Valcencia and Everton, Guzman stayed with Feyenoord until 2010. He made more than 100 appearances for the club.

Guzman moved to Real Mallorca in July 2010, penning a three-year deal. He told the club’s official website: "I am very happy and proud to be here at Mallorca - I have thought a lot about this moment”.

The player’s next move was to Villarreal in August 2011, just hours before the transfer deadline. The five-year signing was completed for an undisclosed fee, but the two clubs were reported to have agreed upon a €8.5 million deal.

Reports emerged over the weekend that both Guzman and Chico Flores have been flown in by Swansea to complete the signings.

ThisisSouthWales understands Swansea hope both deals could be completed by the close of play today.

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