Cardiff City to sign up to 15 new players in transfer window amid meetings with Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea

Cardiff City’s summer promises to be an exciting ride, from a viewer’s perspective. The door will swing in and out so much that next season’s starting XI will bear little or no resemblance to the one that started this campaign.

Given how this season started, many will see it as a positive. Things need to cool down and the next window presents Cardiff with the biggest chance they’ve had in quite some time to do just that.

At a minimum, it is understood that the club is looking to bring in 10 players. If more players leave, it could be as many as 15. That’s the size of the current task, but it’s one the club sees as an opportunity to change its future for the better.

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Cardiff have been plagued by exorbitant salaries, lengthy contracts and declining player values ​​for far too long and the coming months will seek to alter that and drag down both the value of the club and its positioning in the Championship table.

There are 10 first-team players out of contract in June. The club are keen to keep Joe Ralls while talks continue over Sean Morrison’s future. As for the other eight, well, it could be that they all go to new pastures.

There has been talk in some circles that a salary cap will be implemented at Cardiff from next season, but it is understood that they are working on an average salary structure. There is a figure that Cardiff wants all of its first-team players’ contracts to average, meaning that if a player is offered a particularly high salary, it would affect players at the lower end of the scale, less likely to offer them more. money.

That’s the kind of situation Cardiff find themselves in right now as they look to cut spending on wages. It seems likely that the salaries of Ciaron Brown, Isaac Vassell, Alex Smithies, Aden Flint, Will Vaulks, Josh Murphy, Leandro Bacuna and Marlon Pack, all of whom were signed by Neil Warnock on largely favorable terms, will be removed from the bill. . the end of the season.

And that might not be the end of expenses either. Some players may not fit what Steve Morrison and his coaching staff want to implement next season. James Collins is someone who might want to look for a better fit club, given the changes that have been implemented since Mick McCarthy’s departure. Collins has barely gotten a glimpse after a poor start to the season and with Cardiff eager to add more strikers in the summer window, he could be one to move on.

Gavin Whyte will return from his loan at Oxford United, where he has enjoyed shining moments throughout the League One campaign. But he also signed for a huge amount of money when he joined the League One club in 2019 and is unlikely to return. Cardiff can continue to pay their salary when they are playing such a delicate balancing act elsewhere in the team. If there is interest, Cardiff would have to entertain him.

Up front, again, are Isaak Davies, Max Watters and Mark Harris, all vying for a place, with the general feeling that they would all have to play alongside a more physical type of striker to get the best out of them. Davies enjoyed a breakout year, while the club paid a decent fee for Watters, so one would hope he would be given a sustained chance at some point to prove himself. Harris’ production will have to improve if he really wants to break into the picture.

On the recruiting front, Cardiff needs bodies all over the field; goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, wingers and forwards. Ryan Allsop at Derby County is someone Cardiff have had an interest in, however it is understood that there is fierce competition across the division for the shot stopper. Cardiff sources have not given much credence to reports linking Millwall’s Jed Wallace and Fulham’s Michael Hector to the Bluebirds. Wallace’s current salaries are well above what Cardiff would be willing to offer, anyway, and he too has suitors all over the Championship.

It will be interesting to see how Cardiff will handle the loan market in the coming months. It’s where they did their best work in the January transfer window.

We were told that both Tommy Doyle and Cody Drameh are in ongoing talks, although Cardiff knows there is interest in both. Bournemouth, it is understood, is just a club that is known to have already inquired about them and the wages they would be willing to offer, for example, could blow Cardiff out of the water.

However, Drameh has made his feelings clear to Cardiff. If he is not guaranteed regular playing time at Leeds United, he would be willing to approve a return to the Welsh capital. Leeds are likely to want to retain him during pre-season to assess him and Cardiff may not want to get into a situation similar to the one he had with Ryan Giles towards the end of the January window. But Drameh loved his time at City and if he felt it would be better for his career to have another year of regular football at Cardiff under his belt, then he has shown he is stubborn enough to make that decision.

Doyle is also one who is by no means a dank squib. However, he could look to join a club with more feasible promotion credentials next term. However, what is positive from Cardiff’s perspective is that his relationship with Manchester City has strengthened enormously in recent months thanks to Doyle’s development. Cardiff has already been steered towards the next out of range cabs, so to speak, at Manchester City, who want some of their most promising talent to play in championship football next term. A couple are understood to have even been players coming from abroad to join the Premier League squad this summer.

Cardiff has meetings scheduled with Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City in the next two weeks. They are also broadening their horizons to catch what they consider to be the best deals out there. Your exploration will range from the best teams in the Premier League to the Championship and even the non-League ones. They will even look abroad in the European market, which you can read more about here.

It’s a great rebuild, but with the idea of ​​making the club more sustainable, as well as competitive, as it progresses. The size of the transfer task at hand should not be exaggerated, but if this summer goes according to plan, the club will be in a much better place for it.

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