Swansea City boss Garry Monk has insisted that Manchester City will not get their hands on Wilfried Bony unless they meet the club’s valuation of the striker – and he has confirmed that Bafetimbi Gomis will not be leaving the Liberty.
According to the South Wales Evening Post, negotiations between the two clubs are still ongoing with Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins thought to be holding out for £30 million.
But Manchester City have supposedly made an offer closer to £27 million sparking talk of the deal collapsing.
Swans want their money’s worth
The club confirmed on Tuesday that they have no financial need to sell the Ivorian striker and Garry Monk has today confirmed that he will not leave unless Swansea are paid appropriately for Bony’s services.
A goal scorer of his calibre should typically bring in £35 - £40 million in today’s transfer climate and the club appears keen to make sure that the fee is not brought down by any ill conceived ideas about the standing of Swansea City.
"They have talked about fees but whether they are close or far apart, I am not sure"
"There are talks going on at the moment between the two clubs, that's there for everyone to see," Monk told reporters.
"But unless agreement is reached, that will keep going.
"I am not sure how close the clubs are - I leave the negotiations to other people. They have talked about fees but whether they are close or far apart, I am not sure.
Resigned to exit
"What matters is that Swansea's valuation is met. That has to happen.
"We don't want to lose Wilfried, but every player at every club has a value and I am realistic.
"It's difficult to lose a player at this stage of the season but I understand it from the club's point of view and I understand the player's ambition."
Gomis staying put
Since confirmation of Manchester City’s enquiries about Bony any rumours about Bafetimbi Gomis leaving Swansea were quickly nibbed in the bud.
The French striker has made just two starts since his arrival on a free from Lyon in the summer and there had been exit talk surrounding him during the Christmas period.
Now that Bony looks to be on his way out Monk has been extra determined to keep the 29-year-old in South Wales.
Baf raring to go
"Bafe is ready to go (at Swansea)," he stressed. "He will be looking to make a statement and I am 100 per cent confident he will do well for us.
"He is a big part of our squad. It's been difficult for him in terms of game-time, but there isn't much between him and Wilfried. He has been champing at the bit and now I am looking for him to come in and prove he can score goals in the Premier League.
"He won't be leaving - I can't afford to lose any players, let alone a striker given the situation with Wilfried.”