Swansea City close to deal for Jonathan de Guzman
SWANSEA City are working on a deal which will see Jonathan de Guzman return to the Liberty for a second season-long loan spell.
Michael Laudrup has made it clear that he wants de Guzman back after his successful stint in the white shirt last term. And following talks with de Guzman's representative, Swansea are quietly confident that they will soon clinch his signature.
Swansea's decision-makers have discussed the possibility of signing de Guzman on a full-time basis from Villarreal.
The Spanish club's asking price — thought to be in excess of £7 million — has been a stumbling block, but it has now emerged that a loan deal could be de Guzman's preferred option.
And Swansea are happy with the idea of another year-long agreement as they look to secure the services of a player who clocked up 45 appearances for them last season.
"I have met with Jonathan's agent and he is comfortable with where we are at," said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins. "Hopefully we can tie something up with Villarreal soon. We are optimistic about that happening."
Signed by Laudrup at Real Mallorca and Swansea, de Guzman thrived in the Premier League last season.
He was a fixture in Laudrup's starting side and, as a result of his club form, won his first call-up to Holland's senior squad in the spring.
He has quickly established himself in the Dutch set-up, and will have a golden chance of going to next summer's World Cup if he has another solid season at club level.
Former Feyenoord player de Guzman scored eight goals for Swansea last season, including two in the Capital One Cup final.
He impressed with his energy and technical quality, and was Swansea's regular set-piece taker.