Swansea sign Spanish midfielder Mesa for £11m
6 July 2017, 11:21
Swansea have agreed an £11 million deal to sign Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa on a four-year contract.
Mesa joins the Swans after seven years with Las Palmas. The 28-year-old made 35 appearances last season, and previously helped the Canary Islands club win promotion to La Liga in 2015.
Mesa is the third most expensive signing in Swansea's history behind Borja Baston (£15.5m) and Wilfried Bony (£12m).
His pass-completion rate of 91.4 per cent was ranked as the fourth highest in LaLiga last season and Clement knew of Mesa's ability from his time working as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Real Madrid between 2013 and 2015.
"I'm very happy to be here. It's a new challenge and a new adventure," Mesa told the official Swansea website.
"The manager knows me, he knows how I play and what I can contribute to the team. I'll try to make the team play.
"I know he's like Ancelotti - he likes to play and wants to create a different Premier League team which likes to play.
"The manager is a person who knows how to play and that's something I really like."
Mesa becomes Paul Clement's third summer signing following Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder and England Under-21 striker Tammy Abraham, signed on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
Mesa's arrival follows the departure of his fellow Spaniard Borja on a season-long loan to Malaga.
Swansea were however boosted by defender Kyle Naughton signing a new three-year contract.
Naughton had 12 months left on his previous deal, but the new contract will now keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2020.