Who will leave as Swansea slim down for the Championship?
The inevitable has happened. Swansea City are relegated from the Premier League after seven years in the top flight. When Carlos Carvalhal took command at the Liberty, the Welsh side seemed to be safe. But four consecutive losses derailed the rescue and consigned the Swans to the Championship.
Demotion represents the loss of a significant revenue stream. Relegated clubs generally cannot afford the top class players on their books. The players themselves often want to stay in the Premier League. This season, the likes of Jermain Defoe, Jordan Pickford, Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire all moved to new clubs to stay up. Several Swans will want to do likewise. But the club will also want to hold the door open for some.
We might as well start at the top. Manager Carlos Carvalhal is set to leave Swansea. The Portuguese signed a contract till season's end. When Swansea looked like surviving, talks were ongoing regarding an extension. After the squad's late collapse, the board decided not to keep Carvalhal.
The Polish keeper raised his game after leaving Arsenal. He has transformed into a top Premier League shot-stopper. Fabianski made the second-most saves in the Premier League this term, with 134. At 33, he still has football left in him. Nothing has been confirmed but he could very well leave the Liberty Stadium to continue his career at a Premier League club.
Alfie Mawson was the silver lining in the dark cloud that was Swansea's poor season. The young English centre-back has improved vastly since his move to the Liberty last summer. He earned an England call-up in March. The 24-year-old is handy with the ball at his feet, has physicality and athleticism, is good in the air, focused and professional. Tottenham are the odds-on favourites to land Mawson. West Ham United are also linked.
The Portuguese's frustrating loan deal has finally come to an end. The highly sought-out midfielder never cut it at Swansea. Injuries derailed his progress and he couldn't settle in the Premier League. Playing for a relegation-fighting side always makes that harder. It's possible Bayern could ask Swansea to give him another chance in the Championship. A return to Benfica has also been mooted.
Jordan netted seven times in the Premier League. The Ghanaian was the club's top scorer. While he wasn't the most prolific, this Ayew seems too good for the Championship.
Brother Andre was brought back to the Liberty in the January transfer window for a club record £20 million pounds. It hasn't worked out. Expect to see both Ayews elsewhere come August.
Federico Fernandez also had a good enough season to warrant a move away from the Championship, while Swansea are prepared to listen to offers for Wilfried Bony. He hasn't been performing since his move to Manchester City and back again. Roque Mesa has been out on loan on Sevilla, where he finished strongly. He has his heart set on stay in Seville. The Rojiblancos have an option to buy him for around 8 million. Borja Baston's future is unclear but he is likely to leave the Swans permanently.
Britton has retired from football. The midfielder played 14 seasons in a Swans kit. for about 14 seasons and has now become an ambassador of the club.
After 11 years at the Liberty, Rangel will leave South Wales. His contract is set to end.
The full-back was a fan favourite. Ki Sung-Yueng's contract has also expired and the Korean midfielder has joined AC Milan. Ki was among the season's better performers but saw many ups and downs during his five-year stint at Swansea City.
The majority amongst first-teamers Erwin Mulder, Mike van der Hoorn, Kyle Naughton, Kyle Bartley, Martin Olsson, Jordi Amat, Leroy Fer, Nathan Dyer, Jay Fulton, Sam Clucas, Wayne Routledge and Luciano Narsingh are expected to stay. Certain youngsters, like George Byers, Daniel James and Connor Roberts, could see a lot of first-team football.
Graham Potter is now the leading candidate for the manager's job.
Swans have also announced their first summer signing, Yan Dhandha, who has left Liverpool for regular first-team football. The 19-year-old is an exciting attacking midfielder.