Swansea City close to double transfer swoop in major breakthrough

Goncalo Franco of Moreirense FC
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Swansea City are on the brink of sealing their first two signings of the summer transfer window.

WalesOnline understands the club have agreed a fee with Portuguese side Moreirense for midfielder Goncalo Franco, and are also close to sealing a move for Korean winger Eom Ji-sung.

Eom's club Gwangju confirmed last week that they had agreed a fee with the Swans for the 22-year-old, who subsequently bid farewell to the club's fans in a public event on Friday.

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Both players are due to undergo medicals at the club over the coming days, in a move that will present a significant boost to boss Luke Williams.

Eom has one senior cap for South Korea to his name, and arrives to strengthen the club's wide options. However, while confident he will soon be unveiled as a Swans player, it seems a deal isn't yet completely confirmed.

Franco, meanwhile, has 33 appearances in the Portuguese top flight under his belt, and is seen as more of a defensive midfield player.

Before making the move to Moreirense in 2020, for whom he's made 100 senior appearances so far, Franco started his career at Leixoes.

It's the second time the Swans have dipped into the Portuguese market following the arrival of Ronald in January, who was on loan at Estrela da Amadora from Gremio Anapolis in Brazil before moving to the Swans.

Williams will be hoping Franco, 23, will have a similarly positive impact, having previously admitted the club were looking at global markets in order to find new recruits.

“We are looking at the UK market for sure, but we are looking at the European and even the global market,” Williams told the BBC recently.

“There are fantastic players [out there] who would suit us down to the ground and would tick every box. We will try to source those players.

“There is not an abundance of proven Championship players [on our list] because there are big sharks circling in that tank. That’s absolutely fine.”

The Swans have already returned to pre-season training, but aside from a clash with Cologne as part of their training camp in Austria, are yet to confirm their full schedule of friendlies this summer.