Carlos: We are fighting for the best players

19th January 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal is staying patient as he bids to bring the best possible players to Swansea City during the January transfer window.

The Swans are yet to make a signing this month despite the fact the winter market will close in just 12 days’ time.

But Carvalhal has reiterated that he only wants to add new faces who will significantly improve his team.

When asked for news of his search for recruits at his press conference today, the Swans manager said: “What I can say is that we are trying to bring in the best players we can.

“We want players with quality. It’s not easy – not all the players want to play in a team in our position.

“But we don’t give up. I will not talk about names, but in general we are fighting for the best players.”

Though they have not sealed any deals as yet this month, the Swans are working hard behind the scenes to try to secure a handful of transfers which would boost their Premier League survival chances.

Carvalhal will not discuss what positions he is looking to strengthen, but has explained that he wants to “cover” certain areas of his team.

“We are in the process,” he added.

“We are talking – negotiations are going on – but don’t ask me if we are close because in negotiations, there can be a problem at the last minute.

“Negotiations with players are very difficult these days. Sometimes you think everything is sorted and then there is another problem.

“It makes things difficult, but we are trying hard.”

Carvalhal revealed earlier this week that he has turned down the chance to sign a number of players because he did not feel they would add enough to his squad.

And he has again stressed that the Swans will not do business for the sake of it.

“If I bring in five players now some people will be happy, but they will not be happy if they do not affect the team,” Carvalhal said.

“I will not bring players in to make people happy just because we are bringing in players. We have to make sure they are the correct players.

“We have to bring in someone who will improve us and help us. If the other players see that, the teamwork will improve and the dynamic of the group will be lifted.”