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Ronald to leave Swansea City : Transfer criteria
Saturday, 1st Jun 2024 20:15 by Keith Haynes

The main success possibly bar Josh Tymon has been Ronald over the last five months of the season. Without doubt a raw talent still, his impact in a number of Swansea games last season was exciting and game changing. We had a lengthy chat with a journalist who supports this site and one of the staff at the club. A fairly key member in the decision making tree as well.

The first thing to say is that no interest has been registered for the services of Ronald at the club, that’s one hundred percent. So, we asked the question ‘under what criteria would he leave’ ? We were surprised at the initial response, but when you think back to Leon Britton when he went to Sheffield United (albeit a fair while ago) the Swans would be driven by the players personal feelings. Okay, Ronald wouldn’t be paying his transfer fee back personally as Leon did but an unhappy player is no good to any club. That’s the first criteria, is the player happy ? We have been told he is absolutely taken by Swansea and the club - and the atmosphere when the Swans dominated Cardiff City was the best he has ever experienced in his short career.

With that out of the way, and more than likely as the 2025/26 season progresses the Swans will want some early idea of what it would take for him to be tied to the club for even longer than he is. Currently he can leave in 2027, but cleverly Swansea have a one year option. However, a big season this time around would get clubs interest for sure. January maybe not but come the end of next season you can expect more interest.

The main question now for us is what about a sale this summer ?

Our journalist contact believes the Swans will always have their heads turned when it comes to money. Regardless of the success the player could bring the club they would most certainly listen to a figure that would be considered at this time overvalued. An overvalued figure would be in excess of five million pounds is his assessment. However, our club source states it would be more than that, plus a huge tie in for a future transfer, international recognition, appearances and all the usual we hear in today’s transfer climate. They think in excess of seven million. The last figure we tend to agree with, we already know that despite reports had Nathan Wood had been within a ten million figure last season he would have left the club for that fee. The only issue that stalled that would have been the interested club was Southampton. We believe the initial offer was far less than those quoted by a fairly long way.

One of the promoted clubs from the Championship would find seven million pounds an easy stretch. However, even if they doubled his value there’s not a huge margin of profit. They wouldn’t lose out, and maybe they will develop him in to that type of valuation. But could you see Ronald making an impact next season in the Premier League ? Leeds United still have a parachute payment, and a Premier League club like Bournemouth really do enjoy a player with his abilities. Leicester City love a player who has pace and skill. Another thing clubs would look at is his recent injury record, at Swansea it’s been decent, no pulled hamstring that has kept him out for months, in fact nothing of real concern.

He really does need to work on his final ball with no assists registered as yet, although there may well be a dispute with that. Regardless the Swans will really work on that frailty in his game. Yes, Ronald isn’t the finished article by a long way, and his contented life at Swansea is key by all accounts, so any transfer talk would have to be big numbers. In a way that’s reassuring, but there’s always that little voice chatting away about our owners. They have posted a seventeen million loss this year, but that doesn’t include at least seventeen million pounds worth of money coming in next time around.

To sell him of course is a very long shot, but as many will tell you who are close to the club, sometimes long shots really do come off.

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ReslovenSwan1 added 21:58 - Jun 1
Assists are not easy with Cullen who does not like heading the ball and Yates who is badly off form. Ronald put in a beautiful ball at head height and Cullen declined to head it in from 5-6 yards in one game I saw. McBurney would have buried it. So would have Kukharevych.

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