Stress levels low as Swans avoid deadline day drama
ON one of the most frantic days in the football calendar, there was no last-gasp drama at Swansea City.
As other clubs scrambled to get deals done before the transfer window closed on Monday night, Huw Jenkins had the luxury of looking on with a satisfied smile.
There was some deadline day business conducted at the Liberty as Spanish under-21 international Alvaro Vazquez joined on a season-long loan from Getafe.
But with that paperwork completed by teatime, staff at Swansea could relax while stress levels soared inside other club offices across the country.
Arsenal were sweating on the signing of German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, while Manchester United rushed to complete an agreement for Everton's Marouane Fellaini.
In the end, Arsene Wenger got his man as Arsenal smashed their transfer record to land Ozil for a hefty £42.4 million.
And United paid £27.5 million for Fellaini, £4 million more than it would have cost to trigger a release clause in his contract that expired on July 31.
Liverpool were busy, bringing in Mamadou Sakho from Paris St-Germain and Sporting Lisbon's Tiago Ilori for a combined fee of £25 million after securing Chelsea forward Victor Moses on loan.
Everton also added three to their squad, loaning Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry from Chelsea and Manchester City respectively before splashing out £13 million on Wigan midfielder James McCarthy late on.
All over the Premier League, phones rang and negotiations raged.
Sunderland bagged former Swansea loan star Fabio Borini on loan from Liverpool and signed Napoli defender Andrea Dossena.
Reported Liberty target Peter Odemwingie ended up switching to Cardiff, Aston Villa recruited Czech Republic striker Libor Kozak for £7m, and West Brom bagged forward Stephane Sessegnon for £5m-plus and spent £6 million on Victor Anichebe.
But amid the rising heart-rates and looming panic, there was a relaxed atmosphere at Landore.
Swansea had completed the bulk of their business early and so avoided that last desperate dash for reinforcements.
And crucially, there were no 11th hour departures from SA1.
The likes of Kemy Agustien and Luke Moore had already been shipped out by Michael Laudrup.
But speculation about a move away from South Wales had followed several of Swansea's most important players this close season, most keenly Ashley Williams and Michu.
Arsenal were thought to be tracking the pair, with talk of a £35 million double swoop touted in the London press.
To Swansea fans' relief that reported interest was not firmed up, so no rush for replacements was necessary.
Aside from Vazquez's arrival and last week's return of Dwight Tiendalli, Swansea's squad has been in place for some time.
Jose Canas was the first on board in June after leaving Real Betis, closely followed by fellow Spaniards Jordi Amat, signed from Espanyol for £2.5 million, and £500,000 Betis capture Alejandro Pozuelo.
Swansea were swift in agreeing to loan Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman for another season and signed Jonjo Shelvey for £5 million from Liverpool.
There were also less high-profile deals done.
Young defender Jernade Meade made a free transfer switch from Arsenal, along with promising Greek midfielder Alex Gogic and teenage goalkeeper Gregor Zabret.
All those players arrived before Swansea's Europa League campaign kicked off against Malmo on August 1, as did Wilfried Bony.
The Ivorian striker was Swansea's marquee summer signing, becoming comfortably their most expensive ever player when he settled on a £12 million transfer from Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem.
Swansea have shelled out just over £20 million since last May, an unprecedented sum for a club that has spent much of its recent history struggling in the lower leagues.
But it only places them around mid-table in the Premier League spending stakes during this transfer window.
And it appears a modest total compared to the megamoney dealings of others.
In Ozil, Arsenal spent more than twice Swansea's outlay on a single player, while the day's most high-profile switch saw Gareth Bale join Real Madrid for an eye-watering £86 million.
Swansea have long been hailed for their careful financial manoeuvres.
And this summer's transfer activity may well go on to provide examples of further shrewd moves.