According to BBC Sport, Swansea City are interested in signing Borja Baston. The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Eibar, where he contributed with 18 goals throughout the campaign. His impressive year brought about much speculation regarding the Spaniard’s future, and it now seems as if a move to England is on the cards.
There may be some surprise that Atleti would opt against keeping such a talented goal scorer, but with the recent arrival of Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla coupled with Fernando Torres new contract, Borja would likely be deemed surplus to requirements at the Vicente Calderon. Instead of warming the bench at Atletico, the attacker would relish the opportunity of starting week in, week out in such a competitive league.
Swansea are expecting to add another Spanish international to their squad, having agreed a fee for the services of Fernando Llorente. The former Juventus striker should have his move completed over the weekend, with the Premiership side keen to strengthen their forward line, having witnessed Alberto Paloschi, Eder and Bafetimbi Gomis walk out the exit door this summer already.
If anything, the move would represent an opportunity for Atletico to evaluate the legitimacy of Borja’s talent. Success in La Liga last season will have done nothing to harm his chances of eventually becoming a key player for los Rojiblancos, and matching that level of performance in a different country would certainly prove even the most stubborn doubters wrong.
The type of deal that Swansea and Atletico are reportedly discussing has yet to become public knowledge, but one would hope that it ends up as either a loan move or including a buy-back option for the Spanish side. Borja’s talent became obvious last year, and a sale without the choice of eventually bringing him back would certainly be a risky move.