The Swans bring in Jose Canas on a free transfer.
Swansea City have completed their first transfer deal of the close season by signing Jose Canas on a Bosman free from Real Betis.
Canas’ current contract runs out with Betis on June 30 and the midfielder turned down the offer of a new deal in order to make his desired move to the Premier League.
The arrival of the Spaniard marks the first of what boss Michael Laudrup hopes to be a number of new recruits this summer, although reports have been circulating that a rift has emerged between the manager and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins.
However, Jenkins has been quick to rubbish these claims and insists the Dane will have plenty of money to spend before the end of August.
“There are substantial funds available to strengthen our squad over the summer while we are also in the privileged position, because of the way we’ve managed our finances over the years, that we do not need to sell anyone to fund those new recruits,” the chairman told the club’s website.
Canas played 27 La Liga matches for Betis last season and the move to Swansea will be the first time the 26-year-old has played at any other club, having come through the Spanish side’s youth system.
The performances of the midfielder helped Betis reach seventh in the league table and qualification for the Europa League next season – meaning there could be a reunion for the Spaniard as the Swans have also qualified for the competition through their League Cup triumph.
Canas is also the second Betis player to make the move to the Premier League this summer, with goalkeeper Adrian having recently signed for West Ham United.