Gary Bowyer told the Lancashire Telegraph that Championship rivals looking to buy Ben Marshall would have to pay more than £1.5 million for his right foot alone.
The Lancashire Telegraph report states that Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton are willing to pay the £1.5 million to land the former Leicester City winger. However, Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer has laughed off the valuation.
“The figures that have mentioned wouldn’t buy his right foot – and he’s got two outstanding feet and a fantastic head,’’ said Bowyer. “It’s pie in the sky.”
“Ben can do the things that Tom [Cairney] brought to the team and he is also has that adaptability and flexibility, which is vital for us.
“He’s come back in the best shape I’ve seen him since he’s been at the club and he’s really focused.”
How much is Ben Marshall worth to Blackburn?
Following the departure of Tom Cairney to Fulham, it could be argued that Marshall is now an invaluable piece to Blackburn’s prospective promotion push for this coming season.
The quality of the service Blackburn’s frontline receives played a huge part in their push for promotion last season, and will no doubt have his part play once again in this campaign.
The sale of Marshall would directly impact that aspect of Blackburn's game and would leave them in bad state with just weeks left to the start of the season.
£1.5 million will not be able to cover the loss of the 24-year-old, especially when you consider the Financial Fair Play restrictions Blackburn are currently under, so it was always going to be a hard deal to push at that price.
You would think eventually however, as shown with the sale of Cairney, every player still has their price, but interested parties would have to value Marshall in the same way Rovers do.