Breaking News, literally.
OFFICIAL: Swansea have confirmed Fernando Llorente has fractured a bone in his lower arm while on holiday. pic.twitter.com/fEX8EwhhuZ
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) 29 June 2017
Yesterday, we discovered Fernando Llorente has broken his lower forearm in a cycling accident on holiday. First reported by the Sun in typically dramatic prose (“Swans pre-season plans plunged into disaster…”), the story was eventually picked up by spanish websites, before the club confirmed the news with a brief statement.
We can learn at least one thing from the official statement. The Swans are confident that Fernando Llorente will be involved in and ready for the first game of the season. For the Swans to make such a statement, they must be confident that Fernando is going nowhere this summer. It is not difficult to find reasons for such confidence.
Although Llorente was outstanding in Swansea colours last season he is 32 years old and, with a relative lack of mobility or pace, is unlikely to be a first-team solution for any top level club. With Swansea, he is at the heart of our attacking play and almost an automatic first-choice player. It is unlikely that he would look to become a rotation option at a bigger club than Swansea. So now we must look forward to the first game of the season, and hope this forearm heals sufficiently for Llorente to have decent pre-season training time. And for goodness sake, no-one let him anywhere near a bike, please.
Yay, a signing. Oh. Who?
✍️ We are pleased to announce Erwin Mulder is our first signing of the summer…
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) 29 June 2017
With two very exciting possible transfer moves seemingly in the pipeline, it seemed like Thursday would see at least one of Abraham or Mesa confirmed as a Swansea player. However, I’m sure I was not alone in feeling my heart skip a beat when I saw that the official twitter feed was confirming a transfer, before being disappointed that we were signing another back-up goalkeeper.
Erwin Mulder joins the Swans on a free. Aged 28, the Dutch goalkeeper moves from Heerenveen as a backup to Lukasz Fabianski, either challenging or replacing Kristoffer Nordfeldt as no. 2 goalkeeper. It’s not a transfer window without us signing an obscure goalkeeper. So it’s nice to know that some things don’t change.
Kaplan and Levien make offer for Supporter’s Trust shares
Levine and Kaplan have bid for 5% of shares immediately, then further half percent shareholding every year for 5 years if we stay up
— Steven Carroll (@StevenSOS1987) 29 June 2017
I won’t begin to pretend that I really understand the situation regarding shareholders and legal action. The gist of it seems to be that our American owners have made an offer to purchase half of the stake held by the Supporter’s Trust. The Trust seem to be willing to go ahead with the sale of shares, and formally notified a fans’ forum on Thursday night.
For more in-depth information and analysis, read the WalesOnline article at http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/swansea-citys-american-owners-tabled-13260596 or check out the live-tweeting of the forum by @StevenSOS1987