Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has told the Oxford Mail that there is no chance of Cameron Brannagan being sold on the cheap this summer.
Brannagan played a key role in Oxford reaching the League One playoff final, but they lost out to Wycombe Wanderers.
Oxford now face at least another season in the third tier, and they will no doubt receive interest in a host of their star players this summer.
Defender Rob Dickie is in-demand, as is midfielder Brannagan given that both players have just one year left on their contracts at the Kassam Stadium.
Brannagan, 24, notched five goals and five assists in League One this past season, and has great pedigree having come through the Liverpool ranks.
In January, The Telegraph claimed that Leeds United want to sign Brannagan, identifying him as a player who could bring quality and depth to Marcelo Bielsa’s midfield.
Now, the Oxford Mail note that Leeds and Burnley are in the race for Brannagan, but Robinson claims there is no chance of him being sold on the cheap.
Robinson believes that there is no difference between a player having a year or two years on their contract, and claims that even though Brannagan can go for free next summer, there will be no discounts this summer.
“We’re speaking about a new contract. That’s as much as I can tell you,” said Robinson. “No player will walk out of this building just because they’ve got a year left for less money than we think they’re worth. One year is still one year. I don’t think anybody has got that much time to wait for someone any more.”
“If I was trying to sign Rob Dickie or Cameron Brannagan and I said ‘we’ll wait for you on a free in 12 months’, there’s a high probability I won’t be the manager. It’s the same price whether they’ve got one year or two years left and all the agents know that’s the stance we take,” he added.