According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Burnley are eyeing up a double swoop for Alfie Mawson and Sam Clucas. The Swansea City duo were rare bright sparks in an otherwise disastrous campaign for the South Wales outfit last term as they lost their Premier League status, accumulating just 33 points from their 38 league games to finish three points adrift of safety.
But English duo Mawson and Clucas certainly did their bit to help keep them up hence the interest from Sean Dyche’s Burnley, yet Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez must seek to hijack the Clarets move for the Swansea pair, in what could turn out to be a Magpies transfer masterstroke.
Ultimately, there has been very little movement on the transfer front so far from the North East giants with just three additions thus far, two of which in the form of Martin Dubravka and Kenedy were at St James’ Park last season.
But following the sale of Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad, as well as the likely departure of Isaac Hayden, Benitez may seek to bring in another accomplished central midfielder, while the ongoing speculation surrounding Jamaal Lascelles’ future could prompt the Spaniard to register his interest in a centre back.
And they could do a lot worse than hijack Burnley’s move for messrs Clucas and Mawson.
The former only made the move to the Liberty Stadium last summer following relegation with Hull City the season before, but the 27-year-old certainly proved his worth to the Swans with three goals in 29 Premier League appearances, underlining his versatility in fulfilling a variety of roles on the pitch from central midfield to left back.
While compatriot Mawson has slowly but surely become one of the most impressive centre backs in the division in recent times following his breakthrough at Swansea under Paul Clement last year, to the point that the 24-year-old started all 38 of their Premier League games last term to underline his importance to the South Wales club.
And with both performing reasonably well over the course of the campaign, it’s clear that both would do a fine job in the Premier League, which is likely why Burnley boss Dyche is seeking to land the duo in a bid to bolster his squad for their Europa League campaign.
And while the Clarets have European football to offer the Englishmen, Benitez does appear to be taking Newcastle in the right direction and perhaps back towards their former glories, with it arguable that the North East looks a more desirable destination in the long term.
As such, Benitez’s side must seek to hijack Burnley’s move for messrs Clucas and Mawson, as doing so would help strengthen the Newcastle squad in areas that ideally need bolstering, and thus prove to be a transfer masterstroke.
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