Swansea City on the brink of Chico Flores deal
SWANSEA City are close to completing a multi-million pound move for Genoa defender Chico Flores.
It is understood a deal to bring the 25-year-old centre-back to Wales is almost finalised and it will now be a surprise if he does not end up at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea are being tipped to pay something in the region of £3 million for Flores, who Michael Laudrup signed when he was in charge at Real Mallorca.
Flores spent last season on loan with the Spanish islanders from Genoa.
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He is due to return to the Serie A club next term — he still has three years to run on his contract — but it is thought Genoa are keen to offload him this summer.
And it appears Laudrup is ready to make Flores his first Swansea signing.
Born in Cadiz, Flores came through the ranks with his home-city club before spending time on loan at Barcelona B.
He moved on to La Liga club Almeria before joining Genoa in a 4 million euro deal in 2010.
A former Spanish Under-21 international, he returned to his homeland with Mallorca in 2011 only for Laudrup to leave the club soon after he signed.
Even so he impressed with Mallorca, and they had been keen to land him on a permanent basis.
Another player being linked with Swansea, Michael Krohn-Dehli, has indicated that he would be interested in a move to Wales.
The Danish international frontman, 29, has been touted as a Laudrup target.
"I'm aware of the interest from clubs here and there, but we are still at a very informal stage," said Brondby striker Krohn-Dehli.
"Everyone knows how Laudrup wants to play his football and his style is something that would fit me well, but it is hard for me to relate to the speculation of rumours.
"I'm ambitious and want to succeed in playing abroad."