Championship outfit Swansea City will listen to offers for Jay Fulton, Ryan Bennett and Liam Walsh this summer in their bid to offload players, according to a report from Wales Online.
The same outlet believes the Swans are looking to cash in on players before making transfer moves of their own and with the likes of Joel Piroe and Flynn Downes not guaranteed to be subject of bids this summer despite Premier League interest, they may need to rely on selling those that play a less crucial role in South Wales.
Fulton, 28, was a key figure under former boss Steve Cooper but has been a less regular player under current boss Russell Martin with Matt Grimes and Downes both being preferred as midfield options at the Swansea.com Stadium.
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He was reported to be the subject of interest from Barnsley and Blackpool during the winter window, though the former may now be out of the race following their relegation to League One.
Meanwhile, centre-back Bennett made just 18 league appearances for the Swans last term and could be offloaded this summer with MK Dons defender and target Harry Darling potentially coming in as a replacement.
He remained in South Wales throughout the 2021/22 campaign though, unlike Walsh who was allowed to join Hull City on loan until the end of the season back in January but failed to make a real impact for Shota Arveladze’s men.
Officials in South Wales will listen to offers for all three, though it remains to be seen whether any side can submit an offer that meets any of their valuations.
Fulton will be gutted not to have played a bigger part last season considering he was so important under Cooper – but an exit may give him the chance to thrive elsewhere and for his sake – he should be doing everything he can to get a move away.
Similar applies to the other two because they could easily play important roles elsewhere, though it’s currently unclear what price tags will be put on the trio as the Swans look to generate funds to spend in the coming months.
The Welsh side need to be realistic in terms of how much they demand – because some clubs have clearly been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and with the need to abide by the EFL’s financial rules – many clubs won’t be spending anything on transfer fees this summer.
Those who do may only have a very limited amount to fork out on players, so they should be demanding small fees to give themselves the best chance of offloading those who are surplus to requirements at the club, potentially inserting sell-on clauses to compensate for the fact they won’t be generating huge amounts of money on sales of fringe players.
If they are able to offload players, this will provide room for free agents to come in, though they risk missing out on some of the better out-of-contract players if they remain hesitant to get incoming deals over the line.