Swansea set for upgrade if Premier League champ replaces Gomis

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A potential double striker exit at Swansea has caused the Welsh club to turn to the Premier League champions for a new recruit.

The Telegraph report that the Swans will bid £10m for Leicester reserve Leonardo Ulloa this summer, to help soften the blow of losing both Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew.

Gomis’ exit looks a formality at the Liberty Stadium, after the Frenchman was left out of Swansea’s pre-season tour of the United States, meanwhile Ayew is supposedly agitating for his own departure after just one season in the Premier League.

Those two potential departures have seen Francesco Guidolin line up Ulloa as cavalry. The Argentine was signed by Leicester for £8m from Brighton when the Foxes made their return to the top flight in the 2014/15 campaign.

Ulloa has scored 17 Premier League goals in 66 outings since, contributing six last season largely in a backup role to first-choice pairing Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki.

If Gomis, who is wanted back in his homeland, is now deemed surplus to requirements in Wales then the 29-year-old Foxes man would be a handy substitute. In fact, he’d be an upgrade.

Although perhaps possessing less pace than Gomis, Ulloa would offer Swansea a target-man style option upfront with his aerial presence.

The current Swansea number 18 is also a year older than Ulloa and has scored four less Premier League goals, 13, in just two fewer games (64).

A real worry for the Liberty Stadium side, however, comes from the rumoured uncertainty over Ayew’s future.

The Ghanaian netted 12 times in his debut campaign in white, adding five assists too from his 34 appearances.

Having already allowed other striking options like Alberto Paloschi and Eder leave this summer, Guidolin can ill afford to allow his best frontman to depart the scene too.

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