Swansea City’s relegation from the Premier League has dealt Leeds United a significant blow in their quest to sign Kyle Bartley and Oli McBurnie this summer.
The Premier League season came to an end yesterday afternoon, with Swansea dropping out of the top-flight following a defeat to Stoke City.
According to Leeds Live, the relegation of the Welsh outfit back to the Sky Bet Championship is likely to have an effect on Leeds’ transfer plans this summer.
Leeds have been lining up moves for Bartley and McBurnie, who are both on Swansea’s books, but the relegation of the Swans could result in that duo staying in Wales this summer.
Bartley is Leeds’ top target this summer, having previously excelled at Elland Road under Garry Monk.
The 26-year-old centre-back has struggled for first-team opportunities at Swansea, but his Championship experience could prove vital next season.
Like Bartley, McBurnie’s opportunities with Swansea have been limited, with the striker spending the second-half of the season on-loan with Barnsley – who signed the striker when managed by current Leeds boss, Paul Heckingbottom.
Heckingbottom is keen on a reunion with McBurnie, who scored nine goals in the Championship this season, but again, Swansea’s relegation could become a stumbling block.
The door could be open for the 21-year-old forward to earn a chance at Swansea next season.
Both Bartley and McBurnie would be shrewd additions to Leeds’ squad, who have struggled in the Championship this year.
However, both players will be huge assets to Swansea next season in the Championship, given their previous efforts in the division.
Of course, a move for the duo is not completely over, but Leeds will now be worried about their chance of landing two major targets ahead of the summer.
It will be interesting to see if Leeds look elsewhere now.
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