Swansea boss Laudrup drove deal for Liverpool's Shelvey

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup drove their deal for Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup drove their deal for Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

The South Wales Evening Echo says t is understood manager Laudrup pressed for the deal on his return to South Wales after initial suggestions that Swansea were interested in the player, but not at Liverpool’s £5m valuation.

It is thought Swansea believe he can provide a balance in terms of options for the midfield – especially in the role behind the striker – while also offering a greater physical presence.

The price could rise to a club record £6m if add-on clauses are met.

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