Well, the big news is Brendan Rogers was right when he suggested there was no truth to the Grzegorz Sandomierski or Scott Loach rumours, proving the point by going out and signing Benfica keeper Moreira instead. I'm pleased about this because, if nothing else, it hopefully means I won't have to type "Grzegorz Sandomierski" anymore.
Moreira is not the tallest keeper, which won't help Swansea's dwarf defence (although Stephen Caulker should help there), and YouTube says he mostly follows the European keeper tradition of punching and pushing instead of actually catching the ball. Remember when keepers actually caught the ball? Recalling Peter Cech's comments about the dearth of quality domestic keepers, I shouldn't think this will be a problem as most Premier keepers are European after all (as Cech was keen to point out), and if Heurelho Gomes can hold down a day job on a Premier league team, then anyone else with fists instead of hands can, too.
I realise this rant so far sounds like I'm not a fan of Moreria, but that's not true. I'm actually really excited about the prospect; Swansea's keeper vacancy was always going to be the story of the summer (for Swans fans), because whoever Buck brought in would instantly become the starter at the only position where mistakes generally end up in goals against. Hence, it's arguably the most important decision to get right. Assuming Moreira's knees will hold up, I think it's a coup for the club; he's got international experience and being the number one keeper (albeit sporadically) for one of Portugal's best (only) two teams gives him a pedigree none of the Swans' other suppossed targets have.
Also, for what it's worth, Moreira has something in common with Dearly Departed De Vries; they were both outfield players in their youth, which presumably makes Moreira similarly confident at playing the ball with his feet, an asset instrumental to the way Swansea play. Of course, it's fair to say that any keeper ought to be able to "play the ball with his feet", given that things like basic ball control and playing short, simple passes are foundation skills which any self-respecting professional ought to have mastered (or self respecting sunday-leaguer for that) regardless of position. The simple distinction is that Swansea ask their keepers to make use of these skills whereas most teams don't. Again, I don't want that to sound like I'm trying to take the shine of the signing; you'd never believe it from this post so far, but I am excited by this move and frankly can't wait to see the man in action.
Also fairly newsworthy - the Eidur Gudjohnsen situation has done another flip, and this time reports are saying it's all on again, though nothing has been confirmed or posted on any of the more reputable news sites. Guess we'll have to wait and see on this one. Maybe Gudjohnsen was Soriano Plan-B?