Today's media round-up
16th July 2013
In today's round-up, Ashley Williams has spoken of Garry Monk's decision to hand him the team captaincy for the new campaign.
Monk has been skipper for the last seven years, but he announced after the tour of Holland that Williams would be the new leader at the club.
Williams has also commented on the quality options Michael Laudrup now has at his disposal following a number of signings this summer.
Meanwhile, on the transfer front, there are reports on Franco di Santo, Wakaso Mubarak, Nacer Chadli and Romelu Lukaku.
Swans captain Williams thanks Monk for grand armband gesture
Ashley Williams reckons Garry Monk showed his class by offering the Wales star his Swansea City armband - and reckons he can still show his Premier League worth too.
Monk told Williams at the weekend he wanted to give him the matchday captaincy on a regular basis having seen him lead the side on the field in his absence.
It was a grand gesture from the 34-year-old who has struggled to command a regular place under Michael Laudrup.
But Williams reckons the move - which Monk insisted would benefit the team - is typical of a player who has helped the club to four promotions as well as last year's League Cup triumph.
And he has backed him to show he can still cut it as part of Laudrup's squad, one the Wales defender believes is by far the strongest he's seen at the Liberty.
Hailing Monk's continued influence despite offering over the team captain's role, Williams said: "It's such a class touch. He'd have every right to say he still wanted the armband - that would be fine by me and what I had expected coming into pre-season.
"But that's the type of guy he is, someone I get on really well with off the pitch and who everyone in the dressing room respects as a great pro. I've learned a lot from him during my time here and he'll still be a massive influence on and off the pitch.
"Coming back into training after the summer he was beating others in the running and I thought he was brilliant against Den Haag.
"If you didn't know he was an older player watching the game, you wouldn't have guessed it from the way he performed.
"He can definitely still play a big part for us on and off the pitch. Whether he starts is up to the gaffer obviously, but the team's definitely not weakened by him coming in."
South Wales Evening Post
I'm glad I don't have to pick the team, admits Ash
Ashley Williams reckons Michael Laudrup will face a raft of selection headaches this season and admits: "I'm glad I don't have to pick the team."
Laudrup has bolstered his squad with the signings of Jose Canas, Jordi Amat, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jonjo Shelvey and club-record £12 million frontman Wilfried Bony.
The Swansea City manager has also secured a second season-long loan deal for Dutch international Jonathan de Guzman and, as it stands, has not lost any of his key players from last term.
The feeling at the Liberty is that Swansea's squad is arguably stronger than ever - and Williams feels Laudrup will have a hard time choosing a starting XI each week.
"It's great to see the club strengthening the squad - it's just what we needed," Swansea's new captain said. "I think we've got two players for every position when everyone is fit, and that is the competition you need.
"We have that strength now that means when you do want to make a change or you have to change it because of injury, the side does not get weakened.
"Look at the left-backs we have now and the options in central midfield - I'm glad I don't have to pick the team.
"The selection calls are nice problems for the gaffer to have.
"That's what he's paid for - to select the right team for the right game, which I'm sure he will do.
"It's good for us as a team and exactly what we needed because since I've been here, I have always thought we've had a light squad and that we struggle sometimes when players who are regular starters are out with injuries or suspensions.
"But now we have that depth in the squad and that's brilliant to see."
South Wales Evening Post
Swans consider move for Argentina striker di Santo
Franco di Santo is on the list of possible recruits as Michael Laudrup looks to put the finishing touches to his Swansea City squad.
Three-cap Argentina international di Santo is a free agent after leaving Wigan Athletic this summer.
And it is understood he is being considered by Swansea as they bid to bolster their attacking options.
Laudrup has made it clear that his top priority between now and the end of the transfer window is to recruit a centre-forward to compete with record buy Wilfried Bony.
Having splashed out a whopping £12 million on Ivory Coast international Bony - plus £5 million on Jonjo Shelvey - Swansea are thought unlikely to spend megabucks on their next new face.
There is believed to be some cash available, but there is no doubt di Santo will prove more attractive because he is available for nothing. Still relatively young at 24, di Santo has plenty of Premier League experience after three years under Roberto Martinez at the DW Stadium.
His record with the Latics was far from prolific - he scored five times in 35 appearances last season as Martinez's men went down.
In all di Santo netted 13 goals in 97 Wigan games - including 60 starts - having joined from Chelsea in 2010 for around £2 million.
He had been at Stamford Bridge since 2008 after the Blues stumped more than £3 million to bring him to England from Chilean club Audax Italiano.
Swansea, meantime, have again been linked with Espanyol's left-sided midfield player Wakaso Mubarak.
Meanwhile, the agent of Twente winger Nacer Chadli has claimed Swansea remains a possible destination for his client - even though Huw Jenkins is unlikely to sanction any further big-money transfers during this window.
Long-time Swans target Romelu Lukaku says he is not interested - for the moment - in leaving Chelsea on loan.
Swansea spoke to Chelsea about the striker in the spring and were hopeful that a year-long deal could be agreed.
But Jose Mourinho's arrival at Stamford Bridge looks to have ended Swansea's hopes of borrowing the Belgian powerhouse.
Asked whether he would now consider a loan, Lukaku said: "No, not at the moment.