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Swansea A.F.C. is a Welsh professional football club that plays in the English Football League rather than the Welsh Premier League. Since 2005 the team's home ground has been the Liberty Stadium, and before that, The Jacks played at the Vetch Field for the entirety of their existence.
Swansea has actually has had very few top-flight experiences. The Swans have only had two short top-flight spells, one in the '80s and one just recently during the last decade. By being promoted to the Premier League in 2011, Swansea became the first Welsh side to participate in the Premier League.
Swansea City Transfers
Gylfi Sigurdsson from Tottenham Hotspur for £10.10 Million in 2014 – Sigurdsson's first touch with Swansea came while he was playing for the Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim. The Icelander spent the second half of the 2011/2012 campaign on loan with the Jacks. His loan spell concluded with seven goals and four assists in 18 Premier League matches. Sigurdsson was set to join Swansea, but after a managerial change, his move fell through, and the Spurs bought him in 2012. Two years later, in 2014, The Swans renewed their interest in Sigurdsson. The Attacking midfielder exclaimed that he is more than delighted to play for Swansea once again and enjoyed his time with the club. Following Everton's bids at the £30 Million region, Sigurdsson signed a new contract with the Swans amidst the transfer rumors. However, in 2017 Everton matched Swansea's asking price of £49.4 Million and the Icelander traveled to Merseyside.
Wilfried Bony to Manchester City for £32.3 Million in 2015 – Starting his career in his homeland of Ivory Coast, it didn't take long before it was evident that Wilfried Bony is destined for greatness. It was the Czech side AC Sparta Praha amongst all teams that brought the Ivorian to Europe in 2008. He later played for Vitesse and impressed during the 2012/2013 season, when he scored 31 goals in 30 league matches and 37 goals in 36 games across all competitions. With such a goal-scoring tally, interest from numerous Premier League sides was understandable. In the end, Bony inked a contract with Swansea for a fee of £16 Million. After 34 goals in 70 appearances, The Swans sold Bony to Manchester City for £32.3 Million, setting the club record at the time.
Fernando Llorente from Sevilla FC for £5.9 Million in 2016 – Llorente grew to prominence with Athletic Bilbao. He has played in 262 matches for the Basque squad before moving on to various teams, including Juventus, Sevilla, Swansea, Tottenham, and Napoli. The striker's most successful season outside of Bilbao was with Swansea when he found the net 15 times in 33 matches. Proving that he is up to par with the Premier League level, a move to Tottenham followed in 2017. Spurs paid a little over £15 Million, thus almost tripling The Jacks' investment from a year earlier. However, Llorente struggled to settle at White Hart Lane, where he managed just two league goals in two seasons.
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