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Swansea City trail £3m Spanish defender Chico Flores

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 30, 2012

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SWANSEA City are on the trail of Spanish centre-back Chico Flores.

The Evening Post understands Swansea are interested in the Genoa defender and may be prepared to pay as much as £3 million.

Genoa are looking to offload the 25-year-old, who has three years to run on his contract and finished last season on loan at Real Mallorca.

After breaking through at hometown club Cadiz, Flores spent a loan spell at Barcelona B before signing for Almeria.

He featured 27 times during the 2009-10 campaign as Almeria preserved their top-flight status, and impressed enough to earn a four million euro move to the Italian giants.

But Flores, who has three caps at under-21 level, featured just 15 times for the Serie A side the following season and arrived at Real Mallorca a month before Michael Laudrup left the club.

He was a regular for Mallorca last term.

Swansea are keen to recruit another centre-back as Steven Caulker has returned to Spurs after a superb season-long loan spell at the Liberty.

There had been talk of the England Under-21 defender coming back to South Wales for a second stint, though that seems unlikely until the White Hart Lane club appoint a new manager and he has the opportunity to assess his squad.

Mallorca hoped to sign Flores permanently but are probably not able to compete with Swan- sea financially.

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  • Neathboy234  |  June 30 2012, 9:16PM

    First stop for him *****'s barbers in Swansea market. Jokes aside lets hope he's a good player. I'm sure Michael Laudrup knows his worth.

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  • JontoPronto  |  June 30 2012, 4:34PM

    It's Chico Time !!!!

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  • PaulStuart  |  June 30 2012, 4:03PM

    Translated, Chico Flores is Flower Boy. Looks like a tough specimen to me though who could just be what we need at the back. Peter is spot on. Loads of speculation but perhaps we have a player here who would not have been on the radar before ML was appointed. His contacts can only be to our advantage.

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  • Jimmy_Blue  |  June 30 2012, 1:37PM

    Needs a haircut.

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  • PeterHopeful  |  June 30 2012, 1:25PM

    To Slagheap, sorry pressed the wrong letter, should be ML.

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  • PeterHopeful  |  June 30 2012, 1:08PM

    According to "Sky Transfer News" Jonathan de Guzman is on his way to the Swans. The attacking midfielder could be a shrewd buy.

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  • slagheap  |  June 30 2012, 1:03PM

    Peterhopeful who is MD ??

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  • PeterHopeful  |  June 30 2012, 12:02PM

    There have been so many players mentioned in the press being linked with the Swans over the last few weeks. We have to be patient and have faith in MD bringing in the right kind of players at the right price.I for one am very excited waiting in anticipation for the start of the new season.I think we are going to have a very successful season and will once again surprise a lot of people.

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