Swansea complete record £15.5m transfer of striker Borja Baston from Atletico Madrid
By James Dale
Last Updated: 11/08/16 1:44pm
Swansea have confirmed the signing of Borja Baston for £15.5m from Atletico Madrid, subject to international clearance.
Sky sources revealed the two clubs had agreed the deal on Tuesday, with the 23-year-old becoming Swansea's record signing.
Baston is the second forward to arrive in the space of a week after Fernando Llorente joined on a two-year deal from Sevilla on Friday.
Swansea's previous record transfer was the £12m they paid for Wilfried Bony in 2013, and Baston has vowed to repay the faith shown in him.
"There is pressure, but it is good pressure," Baston told Swansea's official website, via a translator. "I want to repay the transfer fee paid for me with good performances and results.
"It's difficult to set a target of goals, but my mantra is take it goal by goal. Hopefully I can score a lot of goals.
"It is the most important decision of my career. I want to settle and spend several years here.
"I am very happy to be here. I am eager to contribute to the success of the team."
Swansea will travel to Turf Moor to face newly-promoted Burnley in their first Premier League fixture of the new season, and Baston is desperate to make his debut.
"I would love to play this Saturday, but I will have to speak to the manager to see if he wants me to be involved," he added.
The former Spain U19 international played only once for Atletico after his progress was slowed by a serious knee injury.
However, Baston has had successful loan spells at Murcia, Huesca, Deportivo La Coruna, Real Zaragoza and Eibar, scoring 18 goals in 36 La Liga appearances for the latter last season.
He becomes the 16th Spaniard to have represented Swansea, joining current players Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat and Llorente in south Wales.
"There has been a lot of success with Spanish players here. I hope to do the same for Swansea," said Borja.
"It is great for me to have Spanish players in the team, but I want to learn English as quickly as possible to integrate into the team and get to know my team-mates."