August 21, 2012 10:01
The chances of Ki Sung-yueng moving to Swansea City in the English Premier League are apparently growing by the day.
British media including Sky Sports and The Daily Mail reported on Monday that the Welsh club and Ki's current bosses at Celtic, in the Scottish Premier League, are in talks over a possible transfer. A decision is expected in a day or two.
After Ki played a pivotal role in Korea's bronze-medal-winning performance at the 2012 London Olympics earlier this month, a number of teams jumped in line to try and woo him. At least 10 teams are believed to have shown interest, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Sunderland in the EPL, and Atletico Madrid in Spain's La Liga. Ki did not rejoin Celtic after the Olympics finished, and is staying in Korea to rest and see how the transfer talks go.
Celtic are reportedly seeking a transfer fee of at least 8 million pounds, while Swansea have allegedly proposed 6 million pounds along with seasoned forward Stephen Dobbie. Celtic are said to be considering the offer.
"We won't know until the contract is signed, but as for now, Swansea are most likely his next destination," said Ki's agent.
Swansea are the only Welsh team in the EPL. Swansea finished 11th last season after being promoted from the Championship to outrank the other promoted clubs. Part of the attraction for Ki is that he would have a good chance of making the starting roster as Joe Allen has left for Liverpool, creating room for an experienced defensive midfielder.
Swansea got the latest season off to a thrilling start by demolishing Queens Park Rangers -- the side newly captained by Park Ji-sung -- 5-0 over the weekend.
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