Monk: Swansea stars not for sale

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has insisted that only ‘astronomical’ transfer fees would see any of his star players prised away from South Wales during the summer, BBC Sport has reported.

It has been suggested that a number of key names in the Swansea squad could be highly sought after thanks to a superb season all round for the club. Ahead of Sunday’s final game of the season at Crystal Palace, they have already achieved their highest Premier League finish of eighth, with a record 56 points, in what has been Monk’s first full season in management.

Playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, winger Jefferson Montero and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski are among those who arrived at the Liberty Stadium last summer and have enjoyed fine individual seasons. Sigurdsson leads the way in terms of assists in the Premier League this season, while Fabianski has a chance of winning the Golden Glove award for the most clean sheets, having kept 13 ahead of the trip to South London.

In January, Swansea sold top scorer Wilfried Bony to Manchester City for some £28m, and Monk is adamant that it would take similar amounts of money to force them to even consider selling more of their outstanding players. He said: “It will take an astronomical fee to prise any away.

“I said the same with Wilfried Bony, and I think you saw with Bony it was an astronomical fee so we’re obviously true to our word. We’re not looking to unload any players, it’s very important that we keep them for next season. None of our players are for sale in terms of the quality ones that we have. There will be some movement within the squad but of course our main quality will be kept here at the club.”

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