This week the Guardian linked Southampton with a move for Swansea City centre-half Alfie Mawson.
???? Southampton are reportedly interested in Swansea City central defender Alfie Mawson.
— talkSAINTS (@talkSAINTS) May 15, 2018
They stated that Saints had joined the likes of West Ham is expressing some interest in the player and a fee of around £20million was being talked of. Having missed out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad following his March call-up and Swansea’s relegation from the top-flight, that’s probably a fair fee listed really given his personal performances this year and the talent many believe the 24-year-old to have.
Southampton’s link here makes all the sense in the world, he is largely reliable and we were left understrength in the heart of defence following the departures of Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk so it’s clearly a mistake we want to rectify ahead of the coming season.
Some think this could see Maya Yoshida moving on, but with the age and relative experience of Wesley Hoedt, Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens, adding another more experienced head to take the pressure off them just makes sense to me.
Reacting to the news, some fans were on board with bringing in somebody like Mawson, others had their own preferences and wondered if, after our season, this summer would see a turn around in transfer speculation where our players wouldn’t be linked with moves to everyone else (Liverpool mainly) and instead we’d be linked with everyone else.
no better than what we’ve got. we need to bring in a class cb
— . (@sfcvkyle) May 15, 2018
Him and get an experienced centre back would be the ideal
— Southampton Chile (@Saints_Chile) May 15, 2018
Linked with everyone sign none of them
— Todd Richards (@ToddRichardsSFC) May 16, 2018
Lacelles would be the one I would look to get.
— Johnny ???? (@jayofficial13) May 16, 2018
Given that we're unlikely to get a top international CB it's certainly an option.
— Murray Smith (@LingwoodMurray) May 16, 2018
He was part of a squad that got relegated so no thanks. We need a quality CB at the club. We can alway work with the lads we've got right now and develop them to the next level. Maybe!!!
— Richard (@trickysjoyboy) May 16, 2018
Good player. With the likely exit of Yoshida, he will be very useful in the team.
— Bruno Bezerra (@brunobez_) May 15, 2018
Great signing, him and Stephens at the back. Future England cb pairing
— Callum Bundy (@bundymann) May 16, 2018
No better than the players we have. No way
— Jeff Stanfield (@jeffstangeog) May 16, 2018
— Simon Coughlin (@simoncoughlin) May 16, 2018
So basically that doesn’t clear up an awful lot. I think it’s harsh if Mawson carries the can for Swansea’s season though.