Liverpool have confirmed the sale of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to Swansea City. The 21-year-old England international joins the Swans for a fee of £5m, three years after joining the Anfield club from Charlton Athletic.
Shelvey made 69 appearances for the clubs in his Merseyside career, scoring seven times and creating four goals. The midfielder has signed a four-year deal at Liberty Stadium and tweeted the news after the deal was completed. The BBC reports the fee will rise by a further £1m, when undisclosed add-ons come into effect.
The player posted: "[I] just want to say thank you to every one of the Liverpool fans for there support! They were first class. And will be truly missed" and added "Will miss the city very much.. And the club! Owe a lot to everyone there! Thank you. Time to start a new chapter in life in Wales. Thank you."
Speaking to his new club's website after the transfer, Shelvey explained the reason for choosing Michael Laudrup's side. The midfielder explained that the style of football the Swans was appealing and he also explained the opportunity to work with Laudrup, a former Danish international who has won league titles with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Ajax and Juventus, was a major attraction.
"When someone like Michael comes in for you, then you can't really say no. I spoke to him this morning and I liked what he had to say. Fingers crossed, it will all click on the pitch," Shelvey explained.
"He was one of the world's best players - he has experience of playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid, so hopefully I can get some games under him and progress well. I want to learn under him and hopefully he can develop me into a top player. It's been a mad rush, but it's good to get all the paperwork signed. I just want to get onto the field now and show what I can do," he added.
Shelvey becomes the Swans' sixth signing of the season. However, last season's Capital One Cup winners say they are still looking for new recruits. The BBC believes FC Twente's Belgian winger, Nacer Chadli could be the next inbound player.