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Michael Laudrup’s Agent to Meet Swansea Chairman Next Week For Clear-The-Air Talks: The Daily EPL

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup’s agent will meet with the club’s chairman Huw Jenkins next week for clear-the-air talks to resolve Laudrup’s concerns about how much money Swansea are willing to spend in the transfer window this summer.

According to press reports, Laudrup is insistent on spending far more than what Swansea have been used to in the past to add a new striker and depth to the squad. Jenkins, on the other hand, has been taking the prudent approach in the past 10 years in terms of spending wisely and in small sums. Swansea’s record transfer buy is just £5.5 million that they spent on Pablo Hernandez last summer.

Here’s what Laudrup said earlier this week:

“Unless we find a couple of hundred million, I think we’ve achieved nearly the maximum we can.

“Some of the teams below us will invest heavily so even consolidating will be difficult.”

While Laudrup is trying to manage the expectations of fans (obviously the club can’t afford to spend anywhere near £200million), the message is loud and clear: Laudrup wants the Swans to open up their purse strings, which surely will be one of the topics Laudrup will address with Jenkins next week.

For the sake of Swansea fans worldwide, let’s hope the discussions are productive and that Laudrup stays at the club.

What’s your opinion about Laudrup’s demands? How much money do you think Swansea should set aside for Laudrup to spend in the transfer market, while ensuring that the club stays fiscally responsible in case the club gets relegated? If Laudrup’s demands are too excessive, do you think the club should stand up and try to find a different manager who’s more willing to work under a tight budget, or are Swansea being too conservative with their money? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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  1. CTBlues

    June 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  2. Garry Craske

    June 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

    likely edging his bets for the Toffee job me thinks….

    • The Gaffer

      June 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

      He has a 10million GBP release clause. Everton can’t afford him.

      The Gaffer

  3. gillyrosh

    June 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

    The only thing I love more than clear-the-air talks is when people clarify their comments!

  4. Guy

    June 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    “Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup’s agent will meet with the club’s chairman Huw Jenkins…”

    What is stopping Laudrup from having face-to-face talks with Jenkins? How does talking to his agent “clear the air”?

    Not sure I like the sound of all this.

  5. Swansea Jack

    June 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I don’t think £25M is unreasonable.
    2 x striker £15M
    1 x Attacking midfield £5m
    De Guzeman – £6M
    Centre Back – £4M
    Cannas – free
    Winger/ Midfield £5m
    Total £35M
    Sell Ashley Williams for £10M
    Net spend of £25M and
    Remember we had £5M for Graham
    We would add 6 new quality players

  6. Paul Johnson

    June 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The board need to ensure they don’t over extend. Having been through the boom and bust process once in the clubs recent history, none of the true supporters want to see a repeat. I fully agree with many of MLs comments in terms of team having already reached what is conceivably their highest league position when you look at what is above us. HJ does need to spend and do it wisely, we have an excellent scouting network, the striker is obviously key and ML is correct in saying they don’t come cheap. But in terms of the people we have been talking about in the last 12 months, apart from Kenwyne Jones , who in my view is a donkey, the board should have been bold enough to back ML and the scouts and taken the chance. At the moment other teams, particularly our former manager, are using our network and indecision to snap up players who will undoubtably turn out to be major players in the PL. We just look at the number of other teams this season who had the chance of taking Michu before he came to us, who are now regretting they didn’t take that chance.
    In all honesty, once we get the striker sorted we can afford to pick up a few others at reasonable prices from other areas to bolster what is essentially a strong group already.
    If we end up losing Ashley Williams,then ML should be given the money straight away to use. To that end they should be on the phone to arsenal and telling them to stop all the rumours, put an offer on the table straight away, see if it is acceptable,otherwise in two weeks time he will not be allowed to leave as we need to start planning for our season. I don’t believe half the press speculation about rifts in the camp, both HJ and ML know that money is tight, we are never going to have 200 million to spend on players, and that is no guarantee of quality anyway. However, in today’s market, 12 million is not as big a risk for a proven striker,particularly someone about 23 years old. So what are we waiting for, Stoke wanted nearly that much for K jones.

    • The Gaffer

      June 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I think part of the concern by Laudrup is over the way the club acted in the January transfer window. We lost one of our key strikers (in hindsight, a good piece of business selling him), but we weren’t able to bring in any recruits. Laudrup’s concern could be that Swansea aren’t moving quickly enough for his liking.

      The Gaffer

  7. Mufc77

    June 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I wouldn’t put the club into debt just to please the manager. Lets be honest Swansea are a smaller club with a terrific fan base but they aren’t going to win the league anytime soon.

    They are a top 10 team who will look to fight for a Europa league spot each season while also having a nice cup run so spending stupid money on players wouldn’t be smart.

    Id keep the purse strings tight for one more season until they receive the money from the new TV deal then maybe look to move up a level in terms of players they attract. At that point maybe give the manager 25m-30m and let him get 2-3 decent players. Spending big now before they have even banked next seasons TV money is risky business. God forbid they have a bad season and end up relegated AND debt.

    • The Gaffer

      June 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Good feedback.

      The Swans are also spending £15million on expanding the Liberty Stadium from 20,000 to over 30,000 over the next few years. Plus they’ve been spending money during the past 12 months to build training facilities (which they didn’t have before; they shared them with the public, up until this summer).

      The Gaffer

      • Mufc77

        June 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

        Like you say gaffer it all depends what the manager is asking for. If he’s looking to spend 20m on a single player that’s a lot of money.

        If he’s identified 3 players he could get for 20m that would strengthen the squad that’s a little different. If I was a Swansea fan I wouldn’t want to risk my long term future just to please the current manager.

  8. mchael winters

    June 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

    to comment fully on amounts to be spent on players you would need to understand the full picture on the financial side and I don’t have that information
    Its obvious we have to strengthen the squad with quality for the season ahead and that doesn’t come cheaply so investment must be found somewhere
    But having been where they were 10 years ago they will not want to be there again
    Just look at some of the teams who have spent more than they can afford and where they are now
    if MICHAEL LUDRUP is not being unreasonable then he should be supported

    • The Gaffer

      June 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Good points Michael. The big question for me is, what is Michael Laudrup asking for? Maybe he is being unreasonable.

      We’ll have to wait and see.

      The Gaffer

      • Mufc77

        June 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

        How did the swans do financially this season gaffer did they make a profit overall?

      • ElectricBoogalo

        June 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

        To be honest, I’m not even sure Laudrup is asking for anything. I’m only judging from the quote provided here (about “finding 100s of millions”), so apologies if I’m missing something…but to give him the benefit of the doubt, it sounds like he’s just pointing out the obvious of the EPL: that without big money, it’s hard to make big progress.

        I don’t know if that necessarily means he’s unhappy with the status quo and is asking for more. I wouldn’t say that it’s “loud and clear” that he wants them to open the pursestrings.

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