Swansea City: Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair set for the exit?
SWANSEA City are today poised to bid farewell to Joe Allen amid mounting speculation that Scott Sinclair is also on his way out of the Liberty.
Allen is on the brink of being unveiled as a Liverpool player after the Reds weighed in with a verbal £15 million offer for the Wales starlet.
And it could be that Sinclair follows him through the exit door after it emerged that Manchester City have made a firm inquiry about Swansea's flying left-winger.
Swansea, meantime, are working on deals for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies and Kaiserslautern frontman Itay Shechter, while they also remain interested in long-time target Albert Adomah.
In what has been a turbulent summer already, it now appears Swansea's squad is heading for quite a shake-up ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline.
Allen looks like being the first man out of the door after he told boss Michael Laudrup yesterday that he wants to join Liverpool.
As the Evening Post revealed last week, the 22-year-old has already agreed personal terms at Anfield and will sign a bumper contract which will see his salary rocket.
That will happen once Swansea and Liverpool iron out the finer details of the record-breaking transfer deal.
Swansea have no choice but to sell after Liverpool upped their bid to £15 million, triggering a clause in the player's Liberty contract.
Swansea had claimed for a long time that the Reds would not be able to bid for any of their players because of an agreement in the compensation package which took Brendan Rodgers to Anfield earlier this summer.
But that clause now appears to have been forgotten after Liverpool spelled out their determination to land Allen by upping their original offer of £12.5 million plus a player on loan.
The only sticking point remaining is how exactly the Allen payments will be made, with Swansea attempting — probably in vain — to secure the whole £15 million up front.
Swansea were last night still waiting for a written offer which will spell out Liverpool's proposed schedule of payments.
However long the two clubs squabble over the terms of the deal, it is now all but certain Allen will leave.
The Pembrokeshire product has been at Swansea since he was only nine years old and had not been angling for a move.
But the chance to play for one of this country's most celebrated clubs under a manager he knows well — and sign a life-changing contract — has, unsurprisingly, proved too much to resist.
He met Jenkins on Wednesday afternoon, then sat down with Laudrup after training yesterday to spell out his desire to move on.
Sinclair may soon follow Allen to a different corner of the North West, with Roberto Mancini preparing an offer for the former Chelsea youngster.
City are aware that Sinclair, who has enjoyed two strong seasons as a Swansea player, will be available for a cut-price fee because he has only a year to run on his contract.
And it appears the megarich champions believe Sinclair can be an asset despite the fact that he will be competing with the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri and James Milner for game-time at the Etihad Stadium.
There has been speculation that Adam Johnson could head to Wales on loan as part of the Sinclair deal, but his wages would be an issue for Swansea.
They have been keen to tie Sinclair to a new contract, but have no chance of competing with the wages that will be on offer at City should they firm up their interest.
Given that Sinclair could walk away for nothing in a year's time, a bid of around £5 million would probably tempt Swansea to sell.
Swansea already look to have a potential replacement for Sinclair in mind in the shape of Adomah, the former Barnet player who former boss Rodgers tried to sign when he was in charge.
The 24-year-old is likely to cost up to £3 million, while it is thought a bid of around £6 million would tempt Bolton into selling Davies.
Wanderers have claimed they do not want to lose the ex-Wolves man, but they are likely to do business if Swansea are prepared to pay up.
Ideally, Jenkins would like to get the Davies fee agreed before the Allen deal is confirmed, otherwise Bolton's asking price could climb further.
One transfer that is agreed is Shechter's year-long loan from Kaiserslautern.
And Swansea are increasingly optimistic that the Israeli striker will be granted a work permit, meaning the move will be rubber-stamped.