With Swansea City looking set to suffer relegation to the Championship there will undoubtedly be some interest in their better players. One member of the Swansea first-team squad who will surely be on the radar of many clubs is defender Alfie Mawson.
The 24-year-old has been one of a few shining lights in Swansea’s poor season and is set to have plenty of interest in his services this summer.
One team who have been linked in the past are Everton. The Liverpool Echo reported so back in January. They also suggested, however, that Swansea’s asking price for Mawson was around £50 million. That is a ludicrous price despite the ability of Mawson.
In reality, especially after relegation, Swansea may have to settle for substantially less money for the England under-21 international.
Everton however, after having to overpay for the likes of Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Mawson’s former team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson last summer, will know Mawson is not going to be cheap.
But there is one way they might be able to lower the price, by offering Swansea a former club hero. Ashley Williams spent eight years at Swansea. The 78-cap Wales international helped the Swans rise from League One up to the Premier League, where he built a fine reputation for himself as one of the best centre-backs in the top-flight.
It led Everton to sign him for a fee reported by the BBC to be £12 million in the summer of 2016 – after a fine European Championships with Wales.
Williams, who played over 300 games for Swansea, has seen his stock fall dramatically this season. He has performed poorly for Everton for much of the campaign. He has also demonstrated discipline issues on the field and his red card against Burnley in March was the last straw for many Everton fans.
Evertonians want him gone and, he has not played since that game at Turf Moor. Offering Williams back to Swansea would give them a perfect replacement for Mawson and would hopefully reduce the price-tag for the player significantly.
If Everton want to get hold of Mawson this summer, then offering Williams in the opposite direction would see them kill two birds with one stone.