Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yueng is not for sale — but loan option
SWANSEA City have ruled out selling Ki Sung-Yueng — but may let him leave on loan after receiving a number of enquiries.
Sunderland are favourites to land Ki after the player expressed concerns over how much game-time he will get at the Liberty this season.
A leading Championship club are also keen on the South Korean international but, despite talk of interest from Roberto Martinez, Swansea have not been contacted by Everton.
And though there has been an enquiry from a Bundesliga club, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins does not expect Ki to move to Germany.
"We have had a couple of calls in relation to Ki because, as everybody can see, he has not been in the squad much in the early part of the season," Jenkins said.
"But one thing I would emphasise is that Ki is not going to leave permanently. We brought him here last year as somebody who suits this club and somebody who will be with us for the future. Our thoughts on that have not changed."
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio stated over the weekend that he wants a midfielder with physical presence, and Swansea may be prepared to do a deal just 12 months since they stumped up £5.5 million to bring Ki south from Celtic.
The 24-year-old made 38 appearances in his first season as a Swan, but fears he will be a bit-part player this term after the arrivals of Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Canas. "If, and it's a big if, Ki leaves, it will be on loan," Jenkins added.
"Personally I am not keen for him to go anywhere because we have got a lot of games coming up and we need as much cover as possible. But there's also a view from Ki's side and his agent's side that he would like to play regularly.
"There are a few options because he is well thought of."
Jenkins confirmed that he has not heard from Everton over Ki, but Sunderland have made contact about a loan deal.
One of the Championship's high-end clubs have also spoken to Swansea, while a Bundesliga side expressed an interest during the close season but that link has now gone quiet. As well as Ki, Swansea have had interest in Belgian international winger Roland Lamah, who has struggled to make a mark since arriving on an 18-month loan from Osasuna last January.
"We have had a few enquiries but there is nothing definite yet," Jenkins added. "We are trying to do something regarding Roland, Leroy Lita and Curtis Obeng before the window closes."
While some departures look likely before next Monday night, Jenkins has stated once again that Swansea know nothing about stories linking Ashley Williams and Michu with Arsenal.
"Nothing has changed there, I have not had one call or enquiry," he state.
"That's pure speculation as far as I am aware, and that is good news because we don't want any interest in those two."
Jonjo Shelvey is in the England Under-21 squad for the European Championship games against Moldova and Finland.