Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup linked to Jonathan de Guzman
SWANSEA City are being heavily linked with a multi-million pound move for Villareal star Jonathan de Guzman.
The attacking midfielder is tipped to leave the Spanish club this summer after their surprise relegation from La Liga.
And there are strong suggestions that Michael Laudrup is keen to give de Guzman the chance to shine in the Premier League.
Laudrup signed the Canadian-born Dutch Under-23 international during his time as Real Mallorca boss and he proved to be one of the success stories of the season they spent together.
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Now he could be reunited with de Guzman — if Swansea are prepared to stump up what is sure to be a sizeable transfer fee.
Villareal splashed out around £6.5 million to sign de Guzman from Mallorca only a year ago and will be keen to recoup much of that sum. But the Spanish club do need to balance the books following relegation, meaning Swansea may be able to drive the price down.
Schooled at Feyenoord, de Guzman played more than 100 games for the Rotterdam club after breaking through to the first team at the age of 18.
He came close to joining Manchester City at one stage and was later linked with Newcastle United before eventually signing for Laudrup’s Mallorca as a free agent two summers ago.
The island club’s financial troubles meant he was sold on a year later — and their failure to replace him was part of the reason why Laudrup eventually left Mallorca. The Swansea manager could now be reunited with de Guzman as well as Chico Flores, another man he worked with during his time at Mallorca.
Centre-back Flores is expected to arrive at the Liberty from Genoa this summer in a deal which could be worth as much as £3 million.
But it seems reports linking Swansea with the likes of Michael Krohn-Dehli and Thomas Kahlenberg are wide of the mark.
According to sources in Denmark, Laudrup is not interested in bringing any of his countrymen to Wales.
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