This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes has recently been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium this summer, with Southampton and Newcastle United reportedly interested in signing him, according to Chronicle Live.
Grimes has been with the Championship side since 2015, having previously been on the books with Exeter City earlier in his career.
The 25-year-old has made 157 appearances in total for the Swans, which includes time whilst they were playing their football in the Premier League not so long ago.
He made 51 appearances in all competitions for Steve Cooper’s side this term, although Grimes’ efforts weren’t quite enough, as they missed out on promotion into the Premier League after a defeat to Brentford in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
We ask our Football League World writers whether they think Swansea should be doing all they can to keep Grimes at the club this summer, amid interest from Premier League clubs.
Yes, Swansea should try everything they can to keep him as he is so important to everything they do on the field of play.
For me he’s one of the best passers of a ball in the Championship and it’s important that they keep the core of the squad together after last season’s heartbreak.
However I do believe that every player has his price, so if the Saints or the Magpies come up with a good fee, I could see him going.
You cannot force a player to stay and I’m sure they’d rather make a profit as opposed to losing him for free.
For now I can see him staying but as we know, nothing is certain in football.
I think Swansea should be doing whatever they can to keep Grimes at The Liberty Stadium for next season.
Grimes has a huge influence at Swansea as their captain, and they are not going to want to lose that leadership, particularly when the midfielder has developed into a player who can make a huge impact with his own ability, as evidenced in that play-off semi-final second leg.
Indeed, having already confirmed the departure of Andre Ayew from the club this summer, it would be a huge blow for them to lose another one of their figureheads in Grimes, one that they will surely be desperate to avoid if at all possible.
However, with Grimes’ contract at Swansea expiring next summer, it may not be easy for them to do that in the current circumstances of this being their last opportunity to receive a fee for him, meaning I think they made need to go big on a contract offer for the 25-year-old in order to secure his all important services long-term.
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This is something of a no-brainer for me, Swansea need to do everything they can to keep hold of Matt Grimes this summer because he will be integral to any hopes that they have of mounting another attempt at securing promotion to the Premier League.
Grimes is the beating heart of the Swansea midfield and he would be a player that even Steve Cooper would struggle to replace and compensate for his absence. The 25-year-old was exceptional at times last season and it is no surprise that there is now interest in him from the Premier League.
The Swans have already seen the likes of Freddie Woodman, Andre Ayew and Marc Guehi depart the club this summer. It would be a massive blow for them to lose arguably the most important player for them that remains at the club.
The midfielder is a player capable of playing in the Premier League and Swansea should not stand in his way if he makes it plainly clear that he wants to get the chance to perform in the top-flight. However, if he is at all open to remaining for one more season, then the Swans have to make sure that they maintain a firm stance over him.