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Swansea sign Alejandro Pozuelo; Arsenal bid for Bender

Swansea City have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from Real Betis on a three-year deal.

Swansea City have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from Real Betis on a three-year deal, Sky Sports understands.

Pozuelo, 21, will join former Real Betis team-mate Jose Canas and Jordi Amat at the Liberty Stadium as Michael Laudrup looks to build a formidable squad ahead of a grueling UEFA Europa League campaign.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who scored one goal in 13 appearances in all competitions for Betis last term, is delighted to have joined the Welsh club.

“I am very happy to have joined Swansea City. Since I’ve been a little boy it has been my dream to play in the Premier League,” Pozuelo told the Swans’ official website.

“From the moment I heard of the interest from Swansea I have watched their games and followed the news at the club. The style of the team suits me, and so too does the style of the manager.

“I am looking to improve my English immediately as I want to communicate better with my team-mates. On the pitch I just want to give everything I have to the club in order to help the team this season.”

The Swans — who agreed to bring back Dutch international Jonathan de Guzman on loan from Villarreal CF for next season — have also signed 17-year-old goalkeeper Gregor Zabret from NK Domzale and 19-year-old midfielder Alex Gogic from Olympiakos.

“I’m very happy to be here. It is a great environment for me to develop and I’m looking forward to starting work,” said Zabret, who has made 16 first-team appearances for the Ravbarji over the past two seasons.

“There are some great people at the club and I hope to get as much training with the first team as possible to help my development.”

Furthermore, the Welsh club remain interested in Olympique Lyonnais striker Bafetimbi Gomis, Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Vitesse Arnhem talisman Wilfried Bony, according to club chairman Huw Jenkins.

Arsenal bid for Bender

Bayer Leverkusen have rejected a sensational €23 million bid from Arsenal for Germany international midfielder Lars Bender, according to various reports in England and Germany.

Bender, 24, is unlikely to be allowed to leave the BayArena on the cheap after the sales of Andre Schurrle and Dani Carvajal, and rightfully so.

“It’s absolutely normal that there has been interest in him because he is a top-level player who is improving,” revealed a spokesperson for the club.

“But he has a contract until 2017 and he is absolutely happy to stay at Leverkusen.”

Leverkusen, who will be competing in the UEFA Champions League next season, have already replaced Schurrle with highly-rated South Korea international Son Heung-Min.

The Bundesliga side have also completed the signing of former Montpellier and Sevilla defender Emir Spahić.

Tue 2 July, 2013
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