Should Swansea move fast to beat Chelsea to PSV Eindhoven's Santiago Arias?
According to reports surfacing from The Sun, Swansea City are in competition with top-flight rivals Chelsea to sign highly-rated Colombian right-back Santiago Arias.
It is understood that boss Paul Clement is preparing to act fast to secure the £12 million-rated PSV Eindhoven defender, with both Tottenham and Chelsea allegedly monitoring his current situation.
It had seemed that a move to the Liberty was inevitable but, with Joao Cancelo on the brink of moving to Inter Milan, as reported by talkSPORT, the London rivals are now firmly turning their attentions to the 25-year-old.
Would the Colombian adapt to the Premier League?
Known as more of an attacking right-back than a conventional one, Santiago Arias has been very astutely making a name for himself over in the Eredivisie during his four-year stint playing for PSV.
The 25-year-old comes across as an extremely positive player on the ball, wanting to push his side forward and get them attacking, and his South American heritage means he is intricate on the ball.
Arias has also shown his final ball capabilities, able to provide a good range of crosses – both deep and near post – into the area, and the likes of Fernando Llorente could thrive on some good service.
Yet a man like Paul Clement knows that his side are in dire need of a more rigid, disciplined defence if they are to avoid getting themselves dragged into a relegation dogfight again this campaign and Arias certainly ticks that box too, able to stand his man up well and force him into an angle out wide.
Clement offered a little hint at the direction he wants to take his team during the flattering 4-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, setting up with a three-man defensive system and trialling out wing-backs, and it was a formation that seemed relatively solid for the opening hour.
Jose Mourinho’s side only ran riot once he reverted back to four in defence, needing to press forward to get a goal back, but there was an awful lot of promise with regards to the experiment.
This is where the attacking nature of Arias could fit in perfectly, taking over from Kyle Naughton’s right wing-back role and adding some much-needed attacking impetus driving forward.
He could also add some further international experience to the ranks at the Liberty Stadium, having featured 32 times for the Colombian national side; and in a back-line that does not have much first-team international pedigree, Arias could slot in and immediately impose himself in the English game.
Whilst it appears that Swansea City are in the driving seat to secure his signature before the end of the week, it will be intriguing to see if the interest from Tottenham and Chelsea continues to grow further.
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