Italian defenders on radar

19 Aug

Swansea are looking to Italy’s Serie A as they attempt to replace Ashley Williams before the transfer window closes.

Swansea: Italian defenders on radarSwansea: Italian defenders on radar

Boss Francesco Guidolin says the club are stepping up their attempts to sign a new defender and have drawn up a short-list of “five, six, seven players” that includes defenders from his native Italy.

“We still need another centre-half,” said Guidolin, who partnered Jordi Amat and Federico Fernandez together in the opening-day 1-0 win at Burnley, but only has former Ajax defender Mike van der Hoorn as central defensive cover.

“I have spoken frequently with the chairman (Huw Jenkins), we have a short-list and we are working on it.

“We have to decide if we need to sign a defender at the level of Amat and Fede who is ready to play, or a younger player.

“This is the decision we have to take.

“There are five, six, seven players on the short-list, there are players I know better as they play in Serie A but for me it is not a problem.

“We need another player and I am optimistic.”

Guidolin feels his squad will be complete when a replacement for Williams, who earlier this month ended his eight-year Swansea stay by joining Everton for a reported £12million fee, is found.

The former Udinese boss says he will then have two players for every position and he has warned Wales’ Euro 2016 hero Neil Taylor that he cannot guarantee him a first-team place.


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