UD Las Palmas have turned down a €25m bid from Premier League side Swansea for their attacking midfielder Jonathan Viera.
The Swans are on the lookout for a replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson as they prepare to see their star-man go after failing to join the Swans on their pre-season tour of the United States.
Spanish news outlet Canarias7 say the club rejected a bid from the Swans in what would be a club record fee for the South Wales side.
The bid is €5m short of the release clause of Viera, whose contract expires in 2021, meaning that the Spanish side can hold firm in the negotiations for the player.
Club president Miguel Ángel Ramírez is reluctant to see one of their star-players leave the club, having seen Mesa leave for South Wales already.
Palmas are already aware of Swansea’s interest, having enquired about him during their negotiations with Las Palmas for Mesa.
The Las Palmas born midfielder got an impressive seven goals and seven assist as Los pio-pio finished 14th in the Spanish top flight last season.
Whilst Swansea are seeking a replacement for Sigurdsson, the player of interest can also play o the left-wing, offering the Swans pace down the left-hand side.
Viera burst on to the scene back in 2010 where he scored 16 times in 60 games for Las Palmas and his performances earned him a move to La Liga giants Valencia in 2012, signing for €2.5 million.
His move to Valencia didn’t go as planned though and he was loaned out to Rayo Vallecano a year later, before being sold to Standard Liege, where he mae just seven competitive appearances.
The 27 year-old who played alongside Swansea’s recent summer recruit Roque Mesa from 2010-2012, before returning to the Estadio Gran Canaria for an initial loan spell before joining permanently in 2015 for a relatively small price of €900,000.
The player though could be inclined to stay at the club, having seen the loan arrival of best friend Vitolo from Atletico Madrid for the first six months of the season due to Atleti’s transfer ban.
Viera spoke to MARCA on the signing of his friend and what the expectations are for himself and the club this season.
“I am very happy, especially in a personal capacity, because Vitolo is my friend. So for me the satisfaction is double.
The truth is that I am very well. I have worked in summer to not start from scratch. If you do not make it to the pre-season, you’ve wasted your time.
I have rested for two weeks in the summer and have already set out to make the best of these months. I really want to start because I think this can be our year.
Whether Viera would be considered as Siguardson’s replacement or not, if the Swans were to purchase him then their midfield would look even stronger than it does now.
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