Swansea City expecting offers for key players, says Alan Curtis

Swansea City's success this season will result in an unprecedented level of interest in their players over the summer, says coach Alan Curtis.

Michu, Ashley Williams and Michel Vorm have all been linked with moves away from the Liberty Stadium.

"I guess the vultures are going to be lurking above us," said Curtis.

"The fact that the players have done so well means they are attracting the interest of some of the bigger clubs. It's just a fact of life now."

Swansea have grown accustomed to losing their best players and managers to richer clubs over recent seasons.

The trend continued last summer as midfielder Joe Allen went to Liverpool and winger Scott Sinclair joined Manchester City after an impressive debut season in the Premier League.

Manager Brendan Rodgers, who took them up to the top flight through the Championship play-offs, had already been tempted to take over at Liverpool.

Swansea's top 10 status

  • A point against Fulham at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday would guarantee Swansea ninth-place in the Premier League
  • Victory could see them overtake West Bromwich Albion in eighth place.

But Michael Laudrup's first season in charge as Rodgers' successor has brought greater success. They won the League Cup in March and are guaranteed to better the 11th-place Premier League finish achieved under Rodgers.

Top-scorer Michu, centre-back Williams and goalkeeper Vorm have been key performers in that success, and all three have insisted they have no desire to leave.

Curtis, though, admits the club will face a tough challenge to retain them all this summer, echoing Laudrup's comments earlier in the season that Swansea will sell their best players if it is in their best interests.

"Irrespective of where we're going to finish, we're still perceived as a small club in terms of the Premiership," said the former Swansea and Wales winger.

"We've lost managers, we've lost players - we obviously want them to stay but if it happens then we'll just have to deal with it as we normally do.

"There are obviously bigger clubs than us. If it was up to the players they would stay because they enjoy their football, they love the way we play the game.

"But, obviously, if you get some of the real big clubs, then obviously it's going to be difficult for the player to turn it down and for the club to refuse them the right to play for those clubs."