Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal has said that club’s seeking to sign Alfie Mawson must look to pay in the region of £50million after reported interest from West Ham and Celtic in the past few days.
The Hammers have been heavily linked with the 23-year-old since the start of the January transfer window, with the Daily Star claiming that manager David Moyes is seeking to bolster his back line with a powerful centre back this month.
Meanwhile Scottish champions Celtic were reported by WalesOnline to have shown a desire to snap up the England under-21 international, with a reported price tag of £25million set on the Swansea star’s head.
However, Carvalhal has suggested that the asking price is double of that which has been reported, insisting the club will not be looking to offload any of their top players as they face a battle for relegation.
He told the Daily Mail: “We will not sell the best players in January, the message is clear.
“I have had guarantees from the chairman, but it depends if someone comes in and gives £50million, £100million, £250million. Of course, then it is completely different.
“You can never say that it will not happen, but the fundamental idea is not to sell players and try to improve the team.”
Mawson, who arrived at the Liberty Stadium in a £5million deal from Barnsley in 2016, has been a stalwart in Swansea’s squad this season, having appeared in every minute of their 22 Premier League games this season, netting a solitary goal.
He has a total of 49 top flight appearances and five goals under his belt, and is contracted to the Welsh side until 2020.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have tabled two bids worth £15million each for proven Premier League talent.