Hernandez link excites Laudrup
Swansea have agreed a fee of ?6.2million with the Premier League
champions for the Team GB wide man, rising to ?8m with add-ons.
With that deal set to go through after Sinclair informed Swansea
he would not sign a new deal at the Liberty Stadium, the club have
moved to finally agree a ?5.5m deal for Spain international
Laudrup’s pursuit of 27-year-old Hernandez has been a lengthy
one, and the Dane had appeared to be exasperated as Valencia
continually upped the asking price for a player he previously
worked with at Getafe.
Swansea had seen offers of ?4m and ?5.1m rejected, but a third
and final bid has been accepted by the La Liga club.
Hernandez had spoken of his desire to be reunited with Laudrup
and was left out of Valencia’s squad for their opening two games of
He will now travel to south Wales to discuss personal terms and
undergo a medical prior to Friday night’s transfer deadline.
“I managed Pablo in Getafe, he did fantastic for us. He did so
well and went back to Valencia, who are the equivalent in Spain of
Arsenal over here,” Laudrup said.
“I think he has played 27 Champions League games in the last
three seasons and made his debut in the national team.
“I am looking forward to having him here, he is a good player
with right mentality.
“I am getting a player who only wanted to come here and play for
us and that’s great.
“He specifically wanted to come here. The other players who have
come here have come from smaller clubs, and here is a player from
the third biggest club in Spain and he wants to come here. It is
great for us.”
Laudrup magnanimously wished Sinclair all the best with his
switch to City; the 23-year-old is in the process of agreeing
personal terms and undergoing a medical.
The Dane believes Swansea had little option but to let the
player go once he had his heart set on a move.
Many believe Sinclair may struggle to get regular football at
the Etihad Stadium, and Laudrup admits it will be a “difficult”
test for the former Chelsea player.
“Scott is going to a huge club with a lot of great players.
“He has a lot of quality but he will have to fight for his place
in the first XI.
“But I wish him the best and I think it was best for him to move
as he had made up his mind, and if you have a player like that it
is better to let him go if the figures are okay for the club.”
A move for Middlesbrough’s Marvin Emnes now appears less likely,
but Laudrup did confirm midfielder Andrea Orlandi and full-back
Fede Bessone are set to complete permanent moves to Brighton and