More Swans stars set for deals

Former Barcelona playmaker Andrea Orlandi, 26, on Tuesday signed a

one-year contract extension to remain with the Swans until the

summer of 2013, following in the footsteps of compatriot Angel

Rangel, who agreed a three-year deal last week. The re-signings of

the Spanish pair have boosted the club in the wake of the

departures of Darren Pratley and Dorus de Vries on free transfers

and Jenkins says, with the money secured by promotion to the

Premier League, other key players including Joe Allen and Nathan

Dyer are next in line. He said: “Improving and extending certain

players’ contracts well in advance is something we can now look

into thanks to our Premier League status. “Over the last few years

we have been asked by supporters why the club did not do it, but

the simple explanation is we were not in a financial position to do

so. “The budget was set to compete in the Championship, so any

further money spent on securing certain players’ contracts earlier

would have jeopardised certain signings along the way. “An example

of that is Fabio Borini. We budgeted well and that allowed us to

add a quality player like Fabio to the team for the final push. “I

think it is important to explain this to everyone connected with

the club, so we are all on the same page. “So we will be looking to

sit down with the likes of Joe Allen, Nathan Dyer and Jazz

Richards, for example, and ensure their contracts and cover our

assets in advance.” Jenkins was delighted to see Orlandi remain in

south Wales, but has quelled rumours that the club are close to

signing Ghana defender Isaac Vorsah and Barcelona B forward

Jonathan Soriano. Jenkins headed to the continent last week in an

effort to secure additional squad reinforcements. The Swans have so

far only added striker Danny Graham to their squad for a

club-record fee of £3.5million. Jenkins distanced the club

from a move for Hoffenheim centre-back Vorsah, saying: “Swansea

City would like to confirm that there is no truth in this rumour.”

He added that while Swansea were interested in the highly-rated

Soriano, who scored 32 goals last season, they had not been able to

agree terms.’ “We were prepared to offer the player an opportunity

to join our squad in our first season in the Premier League, but we

were not happy with the terms of the deal to suit Swansea City

Football Club,” he said. “We continue to look at all of our

options.” The club have also confirmed that Brendan Rodgers’ side

will face Scottish giants Celtic in a pre-season friendly at the

Liberty Stadium on Wednesday August 3.