Here are your Cardiff City transfer titles for Monday, June 20.
Cardiff identifies priority positions needed next
Cardiff are keen to further strengthen the backbone of their squad and have identified centre-back, central midfielder and striker as the three positions they would like to add next, WalesOnline have learned.
The Bluebirds have been the most active team in the Championship so far this summer, bringing in eight players before Wednesday’s return for pre-season. But while Cardiff have added depth at the back, down the wing and in goal, they are now hoping to move through the middle of the side.
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It is understood Cardiff are keen to bring in a central defender, central midfielder and striker as a priority, with offers having been made for players in each position. However, at the time of this writing, none of these offers have yet been accepted.
This week promises to be busy for Cardiff, however, and they will be hoping to secure more offers as players and staff return to their Vale of Glamorgan HQ to step up pre-season plans.
Evans set to seal loan switch
Kieron Evans is set to sign on loan for Torquay United in the coming days, according to WalesOnline.
The Welsh youth international, who spent the back half of the last term on loan with Belfast club Linfield, broke into the Cardiff first team at the start of last season but it has become clear he needed more senior football under his belt if he was to become a City regular.
And that seems to be the consensus this time around. Evans recently traveled to National League side Torquay for a day of training before agreeing a potential loan deal and it now appears to have happened.
The 20-year-old will want more playing time this time around compared to his time at Belfast earlier this year and Cardiff will want to see him make his mark, given that Torquay play in the fifth tier of English football.
It is also understood that another player will also accept a loan departure in the coming days.
Joe Ralls has yet to sign and will not show up for pre-season
Joe Ralls has still not signed the contract offered to him by Cardiff. Some might think that, given that he is under contract until the end of this month, he will be there for the first day of pre-season training this week. However, WalesOnline understands that will not be the case.
As Ralls and the club remain at an impasse over his deal, the player will not take part in pre-season preparations.
Cardiff are adamant the ball is now in Ralls’ court and have been since they handed him the contract a few months ago. The club believe they have offered the 28-year-old midfielder the best deal possible, which would make him the club’s highest-paid player as things stand.
As always with this sort of thing, it is never made public how much these players earn, but rumors that Ralls has been offered half his current salary have been vehemently denied by sources in Cardiff.
As for Ralls himself, sources close to the player have insisted that this decision will not be made based on the money offered to him, but rather on the type of project he would commit to. It is understood the player wanted to take his time and carefully consider his next steps as Steve Morison assembled his squad for next year, to see how he would fit in and what the club’s realistic ambitions are for the next term.
Ralls has more than 300 Cardiff City appearances to his name, having celebrated 12 years at the club this year. Read the full story here.
Ken Choo says ‘exciting times ahead’ for academy
Cardiff City CEO Ken Choo believes there are ‘exciting times ahead’ for the club after construction begins on the Bluebirds’ huge new academy complex in Llanrumney
For Cardiff, this is yet another big step towards supporting and improving the club’s academy, which has produced a number of first-team players over the past two years. The club also hopes that number will increase in the coming years, in the hope that this lavish new facility will attract more children from the catchment area to the club in the Welsh capital.
The Bluebirds have made a conscious decision to drastically cut their payroll in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, with owner Vincent Tan seeing his leisure empire take a big hit in recent years. There is a clear plan in place for Cardiff to make their academy as strong as possible with the aim of becoming much more self-sufficient in the years to come.
And that’s the view of Choo, who said the start of this construction is the first building block for the “sustainability” of the club in the long term.
“Tan Sri Vincent Tan and all of us on the Cardiff City Football Club board view this fantastic development as one of the cornerstones of the club going forward,” Choo said. “It is an exciting time for the Academy to return to Cardiff as we seek to build on the success of the recent influx of young players into our first team.
“The investment will improve the quality of our facilities and sustain the Academy for years to come as we seek to enhance standards and quality throughout the development program of our young players into professional footballers.” You can read the full story here.