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Celtic's highly-courted South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is reported to be on his way to Swansea according to ESPN, who seem to have beaten off competition from English giants Arsenal and Man City. The 23 year old has been with Celtic since 2010, during which he has netted 11 times for the Scottish Champions. But with his contract winding down Celtic have no option but to cash in on the Asian star and Swansea's need for a midfielder has pushed them to force through a Â£6m deal.
The 23 year-old started his career at FC Seoul before joining Scottish club Celtic in December 2009. Ki has established himself in their first team and has already made 85 appearances for the Scottish outfit. The central midfielder was also a part of Team South Korea that reached the semi-finals of the London Olympics, where he was followed by a number of scouts from across England with Arsenal and Manchester City showing the most interest.
Manager Neil Lennon has admitted that Celtic are in talks with other clubs for the South Korean's transfer. "We are hoping the deal will go through," he said. "I am not at liberty to say [if it's Swansea], but there may be interest from other clubs as well. He has only 15 months left on his contract, and we feel it is a good offer and good business on our side."
It would be a huge coup for Swansea if they could beat the likes of Arsenal and Man City to the talented midfielder's signature. Ki was a key player for the Korean team at the summer Olympics before which he won the South Korean Player of the Year gong in 2011. And, with Joe Allen departing to Liverpool, manager Michael Laudrup might have found his ideal replacement.
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