Oli McBurnie could be a Premier League player by the end of the transfer window but that hasn’t stopped Steve Cooper preparing for the season as normal.
The Swans have so far remained firm and are unwilling to let him go due to his importance to the team – they are believed to want around £20m for the man who scored 22 Championship goals for them last season.
Speaking to BBC Sport, his manager Cooper said: “You don’t want to lose any good players. Anything is possible, but until such time as I hear differently we’ll be preparing with Oli for Hull.
“He’s a really good player and just as good a person. As far I’m concerned it’s business as usual and we keep working with him.”
With Cooper planning to have his star striker in the squad for the new season it would, therefore, be a huge blow if he was to leave so late on in the window.
Swansea’s plans would be dashed, Cooper would have to come up with a new strategy quickly and the club could become desperate in its bid to replace him, which could lead to a season of struggle.
It is clear that Cooper is desperate to keep McBurnie, and naturally so. If The Blades meet the £20m asking price it would be great for the club financial-wise but on the field it would be a devastating blow.
McBurnie and Dan James were key to the Swans attack last season and to lose both of them in the same summer would likely result in a relegation battle.
The club has done well to ignore any interest so far, and McBurnie appears happy enough to stay, so they have to make sure that happens.