Swansea have agreed to sign Pablo Hernandez from Valencia for a £5.5 million deal. Is he the signing that will show Swanseas ambition and carry them to the next level?
The Spanish international, who has acquired four caps for his country since 2009, resembles nothing less than a coup for Swans boss Michael Laudrup, who is seeking to continue their rich start to the season with the signature of the right winger.
In a bid to avoid second season syndrome, Laudrup is pushing the boundaries of what Brendan Rogers achieved at the club beyond levels fans could have ever expected.
He has already captured the services of Ki Sung-Yueng from Celtic, and the young but influential Michu, who has already proven an instant hit at the Liberty Stadium. The signing of Hernandez would cap an incredible summer transfer window for Swansea City.
With Sinclair obviously going through the affects of old age (Why else would he want to sit on the bench at Manchester City all season?) Hernandez wouldn’t just be a direct replacement, he would be an incredible improvement to Sinclair in the long run.
Joining Valencia in 2008. Pablo Hernandez has been a consistent member of the first team for a side that has achieved three consecutive third place finishes in La Liga, with only Barcelona and Real Madrid constantly above them. Not only is he a regular first team player for a Champions League regular side, he also has international experience for one of the best international teams seen in history. Both of these lacking in Scott Sinclairs resume.
The icing on the cake for Swansea is the fee. For a mere 5.5 million they are signing a proven winger at the highest level, someone who is able to both score, and create goals for the likes of Danny Graham, who will certainly need better service to improve upon the Swans away travels this year.
So for Laudrup, the signing of Hernandez to replace Sinclair marks an incredible swap in the long run. They sell Sinclair for over £6 million, and recoup the gap on the wings with a player of higher quality for less. Another great decision for a boss, who is quickly winning over Swansea fans and neutrals with his beautiful style of football.
With deadline day almost upon us, Arsene is running out of time to strengthen the squad.