Spanish defender Alberto Botia linked with Swansea City move
SEVILLA defender Alberto Botia has emerged as a potential target for Michael Laudrup after claiming he turned down the chance to join Swansea City in a multi-million pound deal.
Reports in Spain suggested the centre-back was the subject of a six million euro offer from Swansea during the last transfer window.
Botia indicated he was not interested in leaving Sevilla at that time, but Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has insisted there was no bid made in January.
"He is a player we are aware of but there was no bid," Jenkins said.
Botia came through the ranks at Barcelona, and only joined Sevilla from Sporting Gijon last summer.
"My agent told me of the offer, but it did not go further," the 24-year-old said.
"I have a contract and I belong to Sevilla, and I want to stay here. That's what I said.
"I would like to continue at Sevilla next season, but I do not know yet if that's what the club wants."
Botia has played for Spain at under-23 level and has also featured in the senior squad without being capped.