With the transfer window coming to a close on Thursday night, Swansea and West Bromwich Albion have seemingly saved two of the best deals until last.
To the Baggies first, and while they attempt to fight off Man City and Arsenal’s interest in Jonny Evans, they have completed the signing of Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak from Paris Saint-Germain on loan until the end of the season.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 30, 2017
The 27-year-old moved to the Parc des Princes in a reported £28m deal from Sevilla just last summer, but found opportunities hard to come by in France, making just seven starts in Ligue 1 over the course of the year. However, the 45-cap midfielder is still highly-rated, and was named in UEFA’s Europa League Squads of the Season in 2015 and 2016 in the Spanish side’s trophy-winning campaigns.
At Swansea, meanwhile, manager Paul Clement has used his contacts at Bayern Munich to agree a loan deal to sign Portuguese international Renato Sanches.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 30, 2017
Like Krychowiak, the 20-year-old struggled for game time last season and the message from Carlo Ancelotti all summer was that they were prepared to listen to offers for the midfielder just one year after bringing him to the Allianz Arena in a €37m deal from Benfica.
Sanches was heavily-linked with a move to Manchester United before ultimately joining the reigning Bundesliga holders, and while Ancelotti will maintain (for now) that the move is temporary, Clements friendship with his former boss has paid huge dividends here.
Assuming all goes well re: personal terms and medicals, both deals should go through before the deadline in what can only be described as two fantastic bits of business.
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we speak to Longford boss Neale Fenn about his start to managerial life and look ahead to this weekend’s LOI fixtures and Ireland internationals.