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Massive week for Swansea City
Monday, 28th Sep 2020 14:49 by Keith Haynes

This coming week will be a defining one for Steve Cooper and his plans for squad improvement after the international break.

Cooper has already made it very clear to Julian Winter, new swans CEO that he doesn't want to lose any players at all and its numbers in he needs. Manchester United have confirmed they will rule out any bid for Swansea defender Joe Rodon and reports that West Ham are ready to bid 15 million pounds are not without foundation. However Cooper is directly quoted " We simply must not lose anyone this window, in fact with the amount of fixtures after the international break we have no choice but to recruit, we desperately need numbers in" Cooper knows that any sales will dramatically affect Swansea's chances of improving on last seasons top six finish. Swansea City fans in the main are not keen to see Rodon go at this time either.

Cooper, we simply must not lose anyone

Joe Rodon's brother, Sam is also directly quoted via his twitter account that Joe will not go to West Ham this summer. However, the pressure on Julian Winter to continue to balance the books, regardless of the final Premier League parachute payment which will be 16.1 million pounds. The swans have already received 76.4 million pounds from the Premier League over the past two years, plus the sales of Dan James 16.6 million and Oli McBurnie 17.6 million in basic deals but with lucrative seasonal and appearance add ons. Both players are represented by Stellar Management as is Joe Rodon.

Joe Rodon, hot property this week

Swansea City have received nearly 133 million pounds in parachute payments and transfers in recent times whilst managing a budget hard hit by relegation from the Premier League. Many believe a time of mismanagement of the clubs financial affairs, the signing of Andre Ayew on a weekly salary of 78,400 pounds a week contributing to the financial issues.

A bid from West Ham will definitely be considered and it is almost certain that Swansea City will push hard for a lot more than the speculated 15 million pounds coming this week. West Ham have already had five knock backs for Burnleys James Tarkowski, the Hammers have also held talks over a potential deal for St Etienne’s Wesley Fofana but have been unable to reach an agreement. Swans fans can only hope that Fofana comes to fruition because Winter will want to keep open the lines of communication once the offer for Rodon is received.

As manager Cooper keeps stating in press conferences, and clearly getting more frustrated, there is no news on players coming in. However, recruiting officer Andy Scott will be under pressure this week to finalise interest in players, one Joel Latibeaudiere a winger at Manchester City is a possibility but talks have been nothing more than that. Cooper has made it clear its a striker he needs and nothing at this time is forthcoming.

Julian Winter has also gone public with a statement today that the club has agreed to support the championship salary cap “There are all kinds of complications around the rules concerning what used to be financial fair play and then became profitability and sustainability, and how that impacts on a cap" With millions now being lost over the coming season in revenue on matchdays the swans have no choice but to stand resolute as a supporter of the pay cap move.

Regardless of what is slowly becoming a seriously frustrating time for Steve Cooper Swansea City have to move quickly this week to satisfy the supporters that will cement a solid start to the season. Coopers final comments on the matter this weekend contained a clear warning "We don't want to be on the last day fighting with everyone to get deals done, that's not where we want to be, we need to complete our business so we can plan properly"

Well, we will find out this week if anyone is listening, and Cooper will also find out if he is being listened to. Its a big week ahead, and make no mistake about it.

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