EPL side planning fire sale to raise funds to recruit Chelsea talent in double transfer swoop

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Swansea City are understood to be planning the risky move of selling two of their star players in order to fund the arrivals of two potential difference-makers.

According to the Mirror, the Swans are willing to offload two of their key men—Jonjo Shelvey and Bafetimbi Gomis—in order to fund moves for Charlie Austin of Queens Park Rangers, and Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford.

The Welsh side’s plans would appear to be a considerable gamble; while Austin demonstrated last season—with 18 league goals for QPR—that he can make a difference in the top flight, Bamford remains an unknown quantity at Premier League level.

The Chelsea prospect shone on loan at promotion-hunting Middlesbrough last season, but made scant impact at Crystal Palace during the first half of this term—his big chance to impress in the EPL—and ultimately brought his own temporary stay at the club to an end citing a lack of opportunity [The Sun].

Shelvey, by contrast, has demonstrated an increasing maturity and an impressive creative poise this season, and has steadily begun to make a mark in Roy Hodgson’s England plans.

Swansea are currently without a manager, having not yet replaced Garry Monk, the popular coach who was dismissed at the beginning of December.

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