Swansea City are on the cusp of signing Kyle Naughton from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around £4 million, as reported by the Daily Mail.
While Naughton has also been targeted by Premier Division strugglers Leicester City, the windfall earned by Swansea from the imminent transfer of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City has allowed them to match Spurs’ valuation of the young right back.
Bony is set to join City for a staggering £30 million, giving Swansea money to play with in the winter window.
The arrival of DeAndre Yedlin from Seattle Sounders seems to have put an end to Naughton’s time at White Hart Lane.
Naughton has been pushed down the pecking order at north London by the signing of the rapid American, who impressed hugely at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
The return of Kyle Walker to fitness means that Naughton is probably fourth choice, with Eric Dier also able to play on the right side of defence.
Despite Chelsea winning all three of their opening games of the season in some style, Jose Mourinho has missed out on the Manager of the Month award, with Swansea City’s Garry Monk pipping him to the first managerial trophy of the season, as reported by the Daily Express.
Mourinho’s early season success was highly expected, with many considering Chelsea to be comfortable favourites for the Premier League crown. Monk’s wins have come as something of a surprise, however, with three wins from three putting them towards the top of the still young league table.
This is Monk’s first permanent role as a manager, having retired from first team action last season, but he’s performed well in the early days of his career.
In fact, the first game of the season represented a much tougher test than any game Chelsea have faced thus far this season, with Monk’s Swans shattering early season optimism at Old Trafford by beating Man Utd 2-1.
Swansea City star Ki Sung-Yeung may be returning to England jet lagged after his international excursions for South Korea, but the midfielder believes that the Welsh side can manage another upset when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as reported by the Daily Star.
Despite flying back for over 10 hours from Korea, Ki is expected to be involved in Saturday’s clash, which sees the only two teams to have won all three of their matches in the Premier League thus far this season face off.
Swansea have already caused a huge upset once this season, when they travelled to Old Trafford on the opening day of the year and shattered Manchester United’s pre-season optimism with a 2-1 victory.
Chelsea will be hoping to avoid a similar result, with Garry Monk’s troops looking exceptional thus far, but Ki is hopeful that they can manage it yet again.
He said: “We respect Chelsea and honestly, when you look at the players they have, they are better than us.
“But there is always a possibility when you play against a big team. We can win but we have to be better than in our first three games.”
The west London club are waiting on the fitness of Diego Costa after he was forced to withdraw from Spain’s national team during the international break.