Date:Sunday June 17 2012
Wales Online today report that Michael Laudrup will be given a £15m transfer budget this Summer to strengthen the squad.
If the new Swansea City manager was to spend his full budget, the club would have spent more money this Summer alone than in the previous 19 years. Between 1992 and 2011, the Swans spent just £14m on players, compared to the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea - all spending in excess of £500m in that same time period.
Considering the board's strict budgets ever since they took over 9 years ago, it goes to show the ambition they have following their promotion to the Premier League. Chairman Huw Jenkins is now looking for the club to become an established top flight side, and while £15m will seem like petty cash to the top teams, to us it's a big deal.
Laudrup said he's been watching a lot of Swansea City's matches from last season on DVD as he assesses his squad and looks at what areas need strengthening this Summer. He'll be aware that key players last season - loanees - Steven Caulker and Gylfi Sigurdsson are unlikely to return and they'll need replacing. Sigurdsson looks set to agree terms with Liverpool, while Caulker's situation is in the air following Harry Redknapp's departure from Tottenham Hotspur.
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Date:Sunday June 17 2012
Opening Game: Swansea City vs Manchester United (Wednesday June 19 2013)
Canas: 'I Saw a Great Opportunity At Swansea City' (Tuesday June 18 2013)
Laudrup Tired Of Repeating Stay at Swansea Claims (Saturday June 15 2013)
Bartley On Loan & Cash In Exchange for Redmond? (Friday June 14 2013)
Club Breaks Ties With Agent But Laudrup Will Stay (Wednesday June 12 2013)
Laudrup: My Intention Is To Stay At Swansea City (Friday June 7 2013)
Jenkins Halts Holiday For Laudrup Talks (Thursday June 6 2013)
Jenkins Rubbishes Unrest With Laudrup Speculation (Thursday June 6 2013)
Canas Agrees Terms To Join Swansea City (Thursday June 6 2013)
It's All Gone a Bit Quiet Regarding Laudrup (Thursday June 6 2013)
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