Swansea City manager Garry Monk has warned Arsenal that it would take an “astronomical fee” for them to prise Wilfried Bony away from the Liberty Stadium this summer.
The Gunners, along with Borussia Dortmund, have been linked with the prolific Ivory Coast international, who has scored 25 goals in 48 appearances in his debut season with the Swans.
The Welsh outfit paid a club-record £12m to sign him from Vitesse last summer - but Monk, who was named Swansea’s new permanent manager last week following an impressive interim period in charge of the club, says any interested team would need to fork out a much higher fee in order to tempt the Swans into selling their prized asset.
“I think we can hold on to him,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s a good guy but money talks.
“It would have to be an astronomical fee for him to leave though and we’re not a selling club. We’re not in any debt. We don’t need to lose anyone so we’re in a strong position."
“He’s a proper professional. He’s not the sort of player to take it easy. Every single day he pushes himself and everyone around him. The more players you have in your squad, the better you’re going to be.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly in the market for a new striker this summer. The Gunners’ current first-choice striker Olivier Giroud scored 16 Premier League goals this season, but grew increasingly tired as the season wore on, with Wenger not in a position to rotate the France international with anyone of equal quality.
Bony, 25, could be the ideal signing for Arsenal - but, as Monk warns, they will need to pay a huge fee to bring him to the Emirates Stadium ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.