Swansea manager Steve Cooper has insisted that the club will not be letting rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target Joe Rodon leave on the cheap this year.
The Athletic reported earlier in the week that Spurs were hopeful of getting the deal for Rodon over the line for just a few million more than the £7m that they initially had in mind.
However, Duncan Castles revealed in The Transfer Window Podcast that the two clubs are still quite far apart in their valuations of the 22-year-old, with Swansea demanding £18m to let him leave.
While Castles did not rule out the possibility of the deal going through, he did insist that negotiations between the two clubs will go down to the wire.
Cooper has now insisted that the Welsh club will not sell their prized asset without bringing in a replacement. While the Swansea boss did not rule out Rodon leaving before tomorrow’s deadline, he insisted that a deal will be done on the Championship club’s terms.
When asked about the central defender’s future, Cooper said (via Jonathan Veal): “It’s really important that if we do end up having to sell then we get something to show for it. We shouldn’t be selling on the cheap. The precedent has been set this year.”
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Cooper certainly does not rule out Rodon leaving here but it does look like Swansea are sticking to their guns in the hope that Spurs will pay up what they are demanding on deadline day. I do not expect Tottenham to pay anywhere close to the reported £18m figure to land the 22-year-old. One certainly cannot rule out a Daniel Levy masterclass tomorrow as we all know how much the Spurs chairman looks forward to deadline day.
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