Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes today confirmed Championship side Swansea City have made an approach for defender Scott McKenna.
However, McInnes has warned Swansea, and any other interested clubs, that they will have to come in with a massive offer to test the Reds’ resolve to retain McKenna who he hailed as the best defender in Scotland.
McInnes reckons McKenna is as good as £18 million man Alfie Mawson who Swansea recently sold to Fulham.
McInnes accepts the 21-year-old, who is contracted until 2023, will eventually move on from Pittodrie but hopes it is not this summer.
And he is convinced the defender, who captained Scotland this summer, is so good he can bypass the Championship to ultimately play in the English top flight.
Talking at Burnley’s Turf Moor ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League tie, McInnes said: “We’ve had a conversation with Swansea.
“There’s not been an official approach.
“They asked about Scott’s availability and that was it.
“I don’t expect them to make an offer but if they do it’s not something we would be encouraging.
‘That was the gist of the conversation.”
After banking £18m for the sale of Mawson to Fulham, the are Swans ready to test Aberdeen with an offer.
Swansea only have a week to secure McKenna as the transfer window in England closes on August 9.
Aberdeen rejected a bid in excess of £1m from Hull City for McKenna during the January transfer window.
‘We are not saying he is not for sale,” said McInnes.
“But any offer for McKenna will need to be way over the top – whether that’s in this window, the next window or a future window.
‘It’s not a matter of if Scott McKenna leaves Aberdeen.
“ It’s when. And from my point of view, given what we want to do this season I would rather it was further down the line.
‘Having spoken to Scott often enough he sees the importance of playing games at this stage in his career.
‘But you never know.
“Swansea have just sold a centre half for £18-20m and for me Scott McKenna will be every bit as good – and has potential to be even better – than the boy who has just left.”