Swansea City manager Garry Monk gained a reputation last season for being the same type of boss as he was a player. No nonsense, to the point, and not afraid to show people how he feels.
His straight talking has been a feature of Swansea’s pre-season, too. If there’s one accusation you could potentially throw at Monk, it might be that he has a somewhat romantic notion of how things should be, and you could perhaps say that he’s a touch naïve.
However, while he may be living in cuckoo land, by wanting transfer speculation dealt with before the end of August – how many managers have said that down the years – he has made it clear that his club won’t be browbeaten into selling star striker Wilfried Bony.
Following the collapse of Loic Remy’s proposed transfer to Liverpool, speculation has increased that the Anfield club may look to prise Bony away from South Wales. Indeed, it was something of a surprise that a move for Remy was announced in the first place, given how strong links with Bony had already been.
Monk told today’s edition of the South Wales Evening Post, "There will be interest in a number of our players - that’s the way it is - but at the end of the day, Wilf is a Swansea City player.
"Everything that has been said about him this summer has been said in the papers. We are not a paper company, so we'll just deal with the reality. At the moment nobody has come in for Wilf and he is our player. But it can't drag on for the whole summer.
"We don't want one of those scenarios where it's going on right up until the last day. It has to be made loud and clear what is happening at some point - but at the end of the day he is not for sale unless someone comes in with an astronomical offer, which is the same with every club around the world.
"Unless anyone wants to pay an astronomical fee, he will be going nowhere."
Monk’s words are commendable, but it is hard to escape the feeling they carry a whiff of ‘we know he’ll probably leave, so stump up £20million and let’s have it over and done with.'
Bony probably will leave the Swans this summer, and following Monk’s comments today, it wouldn’t be a massive surprise if Bony, who hasn’t stated his position himself or through an agent this summer, started making noises regarding a transfer himself.