Swansea City‘s seven-year stay in the Premier League ended this season as Carlos Carvalhal failed to keep them above the water. Everything was in their hands as long as the penultimate game of the season happened, where a narrow defeat against the fellow relegation-threatened Southampton sealed their fates.
With them set to be going down, the Swans will certainly lose out on some key players as they will harbour hopes of continue playing in the English top flight. They are also set to miss out on the financial benefits which a club enjoys while playing in the top flight.
Among all their prime talents, ace defender Alfie Mawson is expected to leave in the summer. He has been an important player for them over the last two years and it will be a big loss for the Swans to see him leave the Liberty Stadium. However, their hands are tied and they wouldn’t be able to do much and will probably have to see Mawson donning a new jersey next season. The defender was also in contention to be picked up for the upcoming Wolrd Cup but his dreams were shattered when he came to know that he will have to go for a small knee surgery. He will be out for close to two months and will most likely be ready for the next season.
It’s not a case of whether he will leave the club, it is a case of when as Swansea City have already confirmed the player that they will let him go if his valuation is met. We look at three teams who can acquire the services of this promising English centre-back.
The Saints had a huge scare this term as they were perilously close to relegation. They have lost quite a few players over the last few transfer window including their mainstay in defence, Virgil Van Dijk, to Liverpool and they haven’t gone to the transfer market to replace them. They can certainly do with a player of Mawson’s calibre in the squad and he will certainly improve that fragile backline.
The north London club has been linked with the Swansea City defender for quite some time now and we can see Mauricio Pochettino making a move for him in the transfer market. He will be expected to fulfil a role of a squad player rather than a regular starter as Spurs have the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez at their disposal.
Arsenal, too, might be looking to bring in defensive reinforcements in the summer as they have been poor at the back this term. Mawson might not have proven himself at a big stage yet but he has shown the potential that he can turn up for a team of Arsenal’s stature next season.