Swansea fans were building with excitement as Spanish source Canarias7 claimed that the club may be preparing to activate the €30 million (£26.5 million) release clause of Jonathan Viera after rejecting an offer of €25 million (£22.1 million).
However, they were swiftly put down as leading newspaper Marca suggested that Everton had joined the race and would be prepared to pay the required fee to release him from his Las Palmas contract.
Who is he?
A 27-year-old midfielder, Viera can either play on the left flank or in a central attacking midfield role. Currently in his second spell at boyhood club Las Palmas, he registered nine assists and scored seven goals in 33 games last season and was one of the team’s star performers. Despite that, he has never earned recognition at full international level, with only one appearance for Spain under 21s to show for his career to date.
What would he bring to Swansea or Everton?
At just 5ft7in, he may not be an obvious candidate to bring to tough and physical game of the Premier League. Add in the fact that his only spell abroad was at Standard Liege in Belgium, where he made just seven appearances before returning to Spain on loan only months after leaving, and it seems a gamble to spend such money on him.
However, he is a player of immense quality, as demonstrated by the fact that only Lionel Messi made more key passes in La Liga last season. The perfect playmaker, with his skills and trickery with the ball at his feet, Viera can unlock any defence and if that fails then his vision and through balls are bound to find a way through.
Which side should he move to?
That may depend on how tough a stance Swansea take with Gylfi Sigurdsson. It would seem that he will either move to Everton as an alternative, where he would prove to be something of a gamble but forming part of an ambitious project, or to Swansea as a replacement.
At Swansea, Viera would have the freedom to roam and play his most effective game and would also join forces with Roque Mesa, his former Las Palmas team-mate. The duo worked well together in the past two seasons and may be keen to reunite.
That said, the lure of European football and the finances on offer at Goodison Park may be too much to say no.
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