Swansea Eyeing Up Vitesse Arnhem Winger Renato Ibarra

Liam Newman@@thatliamnewmanContributor IMarch 15, 2014

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 19:  Nicky Hofs (R) of Vitesse celebrates with team mate Renato Ibarra after he scores a goal during the KNVB Dutch Cup match between Vitesse Arnhem and ADO 20 at Gelredome on December 19, 2012 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Premier League club Swansea City are believed to be considering the possibility of signing Vitesse's Renato Ibarra.

The 17-cap Ecuadorian midfielder has been strongly linked with the Welsh club for some time, and it appears that Garry Monk's side is giving serious thought into a potential summer acquisition.

According to Gerrit van Leeuwen of Sky Sports, the Eredivisie club is unaware of any interest from Swansea. However, with the 23-year-old's contract set to expire this summer, that won't stop the speculation of a possible move to the Liberty Stadium.

The Ambuqui-born winger joined Vitesse from El Nacional in 2011 and has been a major success at the GelreDome. In his three seasons in Arnhem, Ibarra has scored eight goals but is predominantly known for his exciting wing play—particularly his strong dribbling and crossing abilities—and has played a major part in the success of Peter Bosz's side.

Last season, the Ecuadorian's performances were a key asset to striker Wilfried Bony. The 6'0" Ivorian returned an incredible 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie appearances, partly thanks to the service of Ibarra, and was rewarded with a £12 million switch to Swansea last summer. The reunited pair could potentially terrorise Premier League defences next year should the winger follow his former teammate to South Wales.

The South Wales Evening Post has already reported that Monk recently sent scouts to watch Ibarra in action and is ready to offer him a contract (assuming the Swans retain their Premier League status).

Ibarra is unlikely to extend his stay in Holland and is almost certain to quit Vitesse this season. The fact he can leave on a free transfer will make him an attractive proposition to a host of clubs across Europe. Following the success of Bony, it wouldn't be a surprise if his next destination does turn out to be in South Wales.

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