Alex Neil has confirmed that talks are ongoing between Swansea City and The Canaries over the transfer of Martin Olsson reports the EDP
Neil spoke to the assembled media at his pre-Rotherham presser at Colney on Friday and also admitted that there had been contact over Robbie Brady too.
On Thursday, the Swans’ manager Paul Clement told his local media that the Olsson deal was being discussed, something that Neil admitted at Colney.
“The situation is exactly as Paul said. The clubs are in discussions,” said Neil. “In this window there is no release clause. It is not a case we are forced to sell Martin Olsson. It is like anything else. If you want to do business in terms of bringing players in and freshen things up what you can`t do is be really restrictive in who you are prepared to move on. Martin`s contract was running out. The negotiations took a considerable time to get him across the line to sign a new contract, what we were conscious of was him leaving in the summer for free. That would have been poor business on our part.
“Depending on what the outcome is of today, if there is any, we are uncertain regarding Martin at this stage. The talks might come to something, they might not. We are talking ‘discussions` in terms of personal terms and everything else that goes with a deal. Obviously as a manager I have to plan for Rotherham on the basis that he will not be involved, in terms of the set up. It is not necessarily a problem. I have a big squad, I have guys who can fill in in that area so I have players who can do that job. Robbie (Brady) is not available this weekend, which would help us obviously.”
The media have been full of speculation over Brady’s future of late with Burnley reported to have made a £13m bid for the City winger on Thursday afternoon.
When asked about that directly though, Neil was dismissive of the reported offer, suggesting that the club value him higher than £13m.
“How much? Okay. We have got a strong valuation of Rob after the Euros, his age, and the fact that he is versatile in his position and the scope that he has. The position remains the same,” said the City chief. “Until a club meets our valuation he won`t be going anywhere. There has been contact. A lot is done through agents and what have you but nothing confirmed until a firm offer is on the table. It is not past the stage of fishing. Is Burnley news to me? The figure certainly is.”