Swansea City’s recent resurgence up the Premier League table has been largely due to the improved form of some of their first-team players. Inspired by new manager Carlos Carvalhal many of the Swansea team finally found form, helping the club move toward Premier League safety. One such player who typifies this turnaround in performance more than any other is midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.
The 29-year-old has been in fantastic form in the heart of the Swansea midfield. But Swansea are currently fearful of losing the player. He is out of contract in the summer and AC Milan are being linked with a move. Calciomercato revealed earlier this month that the Rossoneri are keen on bringing Ki in on a free transfer this summer.
But should Southampton boss Mark Hughes make his intentions for the player clear again?
Hughes is a fan of the midfielder. Back in the summer of 2012 Premier League clubs were scrambling for the then-Celtic midfielder. The Mirror reported that QPR, then managed by Hughes, were one such team. A £6 million fee was touted for the midfield maestro.
However, Ki ended up at Swansea. That season’s opening game saw Swansea absolutely obliterate QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road. As reported by Wales Online, it was that performance that helped Ki decide on Swansea and not QPR.
Hughes is now manager of Southampton and, before even contemplating signing Ki, will need to steer the Saints away from the relegation zone.
If he can do that, Ki will surely be a name coming across his desk. Southampton need to improve their entire squad if they are to find their way back to the top-half of the Premier League table.
Ki would be the perfect option on which to build the Southampton midfield. An excellent passer with over five years of top-flight experience he is currently in some of the best form of his career.
At 29-years-old he is in his prime and Southampton boss Hughes would love to finally bring in the midfielder, six years after he failed to do so with QPR.
AC Milan will be formidable opponents for anyone trying to tie down Ki, including Swansea. But Southampton beating the Italian giants to a player like Ki would be a big statement of intent ahead of the new campaign.