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How does Swansea City’s squad market value compare to Cardiff City?

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Once again, it’s Swansea City that have endured a more successful season than their South Wales rivals Cardiff City despite not managing to force their way into the promotion mix this season.

Achieving consecutive top-six finishes under the stewardship of Steve Cooper before his departure last July, successor Russell Martin has completely changed the Swans’ playing style whilst also overseeing a flurry of transfer activity at the Swansea.com Stadium.

They have suffered dips along the way though – and that’s perhaps understandable considering they have lost key players from last term including Andre Ayew, Connor Roberts and Jamal Lowe – with the former leaving on the expiration of his contract last summer.

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But they have still been a more formidable force than Cardiff who will just be glad they have managed to steer themselves away from danger following an extremely poor start to the season under Mick McCarthy.

The potential key behind this failure was their underwhelming summer window, failing to recruit the quality needed to be competing at the right end of the Championship and the potential reason behind this emerged in October when chairman Mehmet Dalman painted a gloomy picture of the club’s finances.

Unfortunately for the Bluebirds, their squad is currently worth less (£28.49m) than Swansea’s (£34.92), perhaps understandable considering the latter were in the Premier League more recently than the former.

The £6.43m gulf between the two sides may get much wider in the summer though with Sean Morrison (£3.15m), Marlon Pack (£2.25m), Joe Ralls (£2.25m), Will Vaulks (£2.25m), Leandro Bacuna (£1.98m), Aden Flint (£1.35m) and Alex Smithies (£900,000) all out of contract in the summer.

That’s seven of Cardiff’s ten most valuable players potential departing with loanee Jordan Hugill also in this top ten. The forward is set to return to parent club Norwich City at the end of this season and a return currently looks unlikely at this stage.

In fairness, the Swans face losing a £4.5m gem of their own with Hannes Wolf set to return to Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of the season.

However, they have many of their assets under contract for quite a while with Korey Smith, Ben Hamer and Yan Dhanda three players out of contract in the summer that manager Martin may be comfortable moving on.

With Andy Fisher in the door now, a backup for him may be recruited with Hamer being let go, Smith only playing a very limited role recently and Dhanda pretty much surplus to requirements at this stage.

And the second-tier side’s most valuable player in Matt Grimes (£6.3m) was tied down to a new contract last November to extend his stay at the club until 2025, a good bit of business by his current side with the likes of Fulham, Brighton and Watford previously thought to have been interested in his services.

So summing it all up, it’s Martin’s side who have the more valuable squad at this stage and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future, though Cardiff could use this summer to turn things around if they manage to be prolific in the free-agent market.

All market valuations are courtesy of transfermarkt.co.uk


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