Swansea completes £2.5 million deal for Amat

Swansea have never been known to be big spenders in the transfer market but they have always been able to make some of the most impressive signatures over the course of the season.

Last year, the Welsh side managed to sign Michu for £2m from Rayo Vallecano and the Spanish playmakers proved to be one of the signings of the season.

So it’s not surprising that The Swans have followed the same formula for their latest signing Jordi Amat who has joined the club £2.5 million from Espanyol.

But what does Amat have in common with Michu? Well, both have impressed at Rayo Vallecano the season before moving to Swansea, they are both part of a growing Spanish contingent at The Liberty Stadium and both players signed for a similar amount.

Unlike Michu though, Amat won’t be scoring tons of goals as the young centre back has only registered 1 goal in 84 professional appearances even if the goal was a 50m screamer.

Despite coming through the ranks of Espanyol, Amat’s reputation didn’t really rise until last season where he played 27 games on loan at Rayo Vallecano.

During that time, Amat has also started featuring for the Spanish U-21 squad making 7 appearances for the squad since his debut in 2011.

Amat’s knowledge of Spain though will surely come in handy for The Swans who will be embarking on their first Europa League campaign following their triumph in the Carling Cup back in February.

The signing of another player in defence could also be the club’s insurance policy should club captain Ashley Williams leave over the next couple of months.

Williams has been the subject of strong interest from both Arsenal and Manchester United over the past few weeks with reports that the two sides have been readying bids for the player.

But with a £10,000,000 price tag needed for Swansea to even take notice of a bid, the top sides have been a little steady to make a formal bid for the player.

Leading figures at Swansea have resigned themselves to the fate of losing Williams to a bigger club over the summer meaning that the club needed to bring in reinforcements at the back.

Whether Amat will be as successful at the club as Michu is yet to be seen but having another defender at the club should ease fans’ concerns should they lose Williams over the next few weeks.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of SqueakyBumTime.com. A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!