Guardiola eager for Swansea star to join him at Bayern
Pep Guardiola is yet to officially begin work at Bayern Munich, but he is still making the headlines here in the Football Transfer Tavern, with Riath Al-Samarri of the Daily Mail reporting that the former Barcelona coach is keen to make a Swansea City defender his first signing at the Allianz Arena.
Guardiola is reportedly prepared to make a shock move for Swansea centre back Chico Flores when he takes over at the Bavarian giants in the summer.
He is thought to be a huge fan of the defender, after he signed him for Barcelona B on loan from Cadiz in 2008. It was thought Guardiola wanted to take Flores with him to the senior side, but a deal with Cadiz could not be agreed.
The pair have kept in contact, with it being reported that they spoke to one another only last week over a potential summer move.
Flores has been a revelation since his move to England, and has struck up one of the meanest centre back partnerships in the country with Ashley Williams.
Swansea manager Micheal Laudrup will no doubt be desperate to hang on to one of his star men, but it is thought an offer from Bayern Munich would prove too tempting to turn down for both player and club, after Flores described the former Barcelona coach as ‘a great man.’
Speaking of his time with Guardiola at Barcelona B, Flores said: “It was a wonderful education. All the memories I have from that time playing with Pep Guardiola are really positive.
“Pep is very close to the players. He was and is a great but he is very modest, he behaves as one of us. It went well for me. Pep wanted to take me to the first team but Cadiz wanted too much money. That was it.
“I still have a book that Pep gave me. It’s called Learning to Lose. He helped all the players there so much.
“When you have the playing career he had, it creates so much respect. It is a very similar thing with (Michael) Laudrup.”