Swansea targeting Atletico’s Gaitan and Gameiro in bid to stay up

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Swansea City are reportedly eyeing up a double move for Atletico Madrid’s Nico Gaitan and Kevin Gameiro.

The Swans are currently bottom of the Premier League table, four points from safety. That’s far from an insurmountable task and new coach Carlos Carvalhal will be expecting reinforcements.

And if moves for both Atletico stars come to fruition, Swansea will have a real shot at staying up.

Both are surplus to requirements at the Metropolitano with Gameiro failing to hit the high notes of his Sevilla spell. Gaitan – long linked with Manchester United – has struggled since his big move from Benfica.

It’s reported that France international Gameiro will cost in the region of £25m, with £15m needed to bag Gaitan.

A £40m outlay on two players at 30-years-old and 29-years-old isn’t ideal but they’re certainly the type of quality Swansea need.

The South Wales outfit have remained reasonably sound defensively. The backline has conceded just three fewer goals than Leicester City in eighth.

It’s in attack that Carvalhal’s side have struggled. They’re the lowest scorers in the league with just 14 in 23 games.

Gameiro is a verified goal-getter with a prolific spell for Sevilla bagging his move to Atletico. The ex-Paris Saint-Germain striker still managed 16 goals for Diego Simeone’s men last season, too.

His mixture of pace, finishing ability, and runs in behind would certainly suit the Swans more creative players.

And that’s where Gaitan would flourish given a bit of time and space. It hasn’t worked out for the Argentina international in Madrid, but he remains a quality player.

Among the hustle and bustle of Premier League football, there’s always room for a gifted playmaker – particularly in a side who want to pass and move.

Swansea have a game with Liverpool on the horizon. After that, it’s Arsenal, Leicester City, Burnley, and Brighton and Hove Albion – a run of games where points can be bagged.

A move for both Gameiro and Gaitan would be a statement of intent that Swansea intend to remain amongst England’s elite.

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Cian Carroll

Starting life as a football columnist for his local paper in Dundalk, Cian has written for a number of media outlets with pieces published in The Birmingham Mail and Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo. A lover of football, GAA, boxing, rugby and MMA, he’s a big Aston Villa and Dundalk fan. He can be regularly spotted on various mountain tops.