Barcelona target Swansea star

Swansea keeper Michel VormBarcelona are preparing a surprise move for Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, according to reports from talkSPORT.

The Dutchman has been a huge success for the Swans since his 2011 arrival, slotting seamlessly into the first-team and helping the South Wales-based outfit maintain Premier League status.

This form has alerted Barca, who are keen to find an adequate replacement for current number one Victor Valdes.

It has been revealed recently that the La Liga giants will not be extending the Spaniard’s contract, which expires in 2014, and are looking for a replacement.

Vorm’s sound technical ability and shot-stopping prowess have alerted them, and they are thought to preparing a move.

Swansea will be reluctant to allow the stopper to leave, but the lure of Champions League football with one of the biggest club’s in the world may tempt the 29-year-old.

Barcelona have been linked with both Pepe Reina of Liverpool and Manchester United’s David de Gea, but the pair would likely cost In the region of £15-£20m.

Having arrived for a bargain fee of just £1.5m, it’s likely that the Swans would accept a reasonable sum should they be forced to sell.

Vorm arrived at the Liberty Stadium from Utrecht, where he had spent the majority of his senior career.

Although he has been missing through injury for the majority of the current season, he is still regarded as a key first-team player by manager Michael Laudrup.

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