Big money needed to pry away Dons' assets this summer

The pandemic and football finances could play into Dons' hands when it comes to keeping players this summer

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 1:30 pm
Scott Fraser celebrates his goal against Plymouth

The season has not finished quite yet but already rumours are flying around about the future of two of Dons' top names.

David Kasumu and Scott Fraser are reportedly attracting interest from clubs higher up the food chain than Dons, but both remain locked into contracts at Stadium MK for next season.

Following last summer's sale of the likes of Rhys Healey, Callum Brittain and Alex Gilbey - all key men in the squad the season prior - Russell Martin faced a rebuilding job to replace them.

David Kasumu has reportedly attracted attention from the Championship

Almost a year on, the manager is facing similar speculation linking his players away from the club but says not many will be in the financial position following the pandemic to splash out the sort of money requires to prise the likes of Kasumu or Fraser from Milton Keynes this summer.

"I'd like to think no-one will get sold this summer without us agreeing it or agreeing to the valuation of the player," he said.

"To be honest, it's not something I'm worried about. I don't think anyone will match our valuation of any of our players after a pandemic. We probably value them more than what many others do at this time.

"From a purely business point of view, you'll realise our players will be worth a lot more after another year of development and hopefully competing higher in the league. Unless there's a really good offer which becomes too good to turn down or it becomes life-changing for a player then it has to work for both parties.

"I'm not too worried about this summer to be honest, but we're ready, we've discussed what we feel the valuation of players is and the succession plan for every player. We've put a lot of work into that. I'm quite relaxed about that but we'll have to wait and see."