The Daily Swan – 3rd July

Record signing set for loan to Spain

Borja Baston is seemingly on his way out of Swansea, if only for a season at the moment. Swansea’s record signing is rumoured to have agreed terms on a loan move to Malaga.

I can’t help but feel Borja has been massively unlucky in his first season in English football. Signed for a club record fee from Atletico Madrid, the Spaniard arrived on the back of scoring eighteen goals for La Liga strugglers Eibar. Due to injuries, a lack of form and having to be a back-up for Fernando Llorente, he was unable to nail down his position.

A season back in Spanish football will give him a chance to revive his stuttering form, especially with Malaga looking for a first-choice striker having sold Sandro to Everton. Borja is clearly a talented player, and this season will allow him to prove himself and either return to Swansea fit and firing ready to challenge for a place, or secure a contract somewhere else.

 

Swans hold firm against big clubs


It has long been a feature of a Swansea transfer window that we should lose a big-name player. Ayew and Williams last year, Bony in the January window a few years back, all the way back to Joey Allen in the summer of 2012. Given the stature of our club, and our position in the Premier League, this is to be expected. Players that shine in South Wales are primer candidates for bigger clubs to poach.

It was obvious that this would be a long summer for fans hoping to retain Gylfi Sigurdsson, given his exploits last season. Additionally it was not a surprise when Alfie Mawson was the subject of interest from Spurs. But something this summer feels different. It feels, and I’m sure my hopes will be dashed, like Huw Jenkins is taking a firm approach this summer.

Given the inflation of transfer fees in recent years, it is not foolish to expect massive sums of money before the likes of Sigurdsson and Mawson are able to depart. When our wonderful American owners took over, they proclaimed that Swansea would no longer have to be a selling club. The resources they pour into the club, should prevent the need to accept derisory offers.

So far, it seems we have held firm. Will it last all summer? We’ll see.

 

Chelsea double for Clement’s Swans?

With Tammy Abraham almost, nearly, basically a Swansea player, Paul Clement is rumoured to be interested in bringing another Chelsea player to the Liberty.

In a story by the Mirror it is claimed Chalobah, who is entering the final year of his contract, is the subject of attention from multiple Premier League teams. Given Clement’s Chelsea links, it is not hard to imagine that Swansea have joined the queue.

Chalobah showed during the U21 Euros that he is a player of some talent, and his addition would undoubtedly strengthen Swansea’s midfield. Part of the appeal of bringing Paul Clement in as manager was his extensive list of contacts at former clubs. With Abraham close to being sealed, and Chalobah the next target, it is pleasing to see it bear fruit.

 

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