Swans lead chase for Betis ace
SWANSEA City are leading the race to sign La Liga prospect Alejandro Pozuelo.
Real Betis starlet Pozuelo is thought to be attracting interest from a host of clubs this summer.
But Swansea are confident they will clinch the signing of the 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who has made 11 senior appearances this season and is being mentioned as a star of the future.
It seems the Michael Laudrup factor will have a key role in persuading Pozuelo to join Swansea.
The same is true of his fellow Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas (below), who is likely to be confirmed as Swansea's first summer recruit soon after the Spanish season ends this weekend.
The arrivals of the two Betis men will be a boost for Laudrup's plans for next season — but the Dane is also demanding a host of other new signings.
As reported in the Evening Post on Saturday, Laudrup has made it clear to Swansea's owners that he wants assurances over the club's plans for the transfer window.
He is keen to land at least two high-calibre centre-forwards, and is interested in men like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left), Arouna Kone, Iago Aspas and Romelu Lukaku.
Reports in Denmark this weekend suggested Swansea were close to clinching a £10 million deal for Aubameyang, but there are question marks at this stage about whether Huw Jenkins would be willing to stump up such a sizeable transfer fee.
The Post understands that Aubameyang — who starred in France with St Etienne last season — may be available for around £8 million, but even then there would be no guarantee that Swansea would pay out that kind of sum.
Wigan star Kone, meantime, is expected to cost around £5 million, while Celta Vigo's Aspas is likely to command a fee in excess of Swansea's current £5.55 million club record.
Liverpool became the latest in a line of Premier League clubs to be linked with Aspas this weekend.
Meanwhile, Aubameyang has been touted as a potential target for Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala.
Swansea are interested in taking Lukaku on a season-long loan from Chelsea, but there are no guarantees as yet that he will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge again after last term's successful stint with West Brom.
The Blues must first appoint a new manager and, even then, it could be that they do not decide on whether to retain Lukaku for 2013-14 until pre-season.