Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper says he hopes to hang on to Massimo Luongo despite the Socceroo garnering more interest with a classy display for his country in midweek.
Luongo, whose Swindon are currently in England’s third tier, was arguably the brightest point to come from Monday’s 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia in London, with a quality performance in the no.10 role.
The 22-year-old ex-Tottenham man’s impressive 75-minute display came a week after it surfaced that Championship duo Norwich City and Brentford both had enquiries rejected for Luongo in the off-season.
English second tier outfit Rotherham United also tabled a $1.1 million offer for Luongo in the close season, which was declined by Swindon.
However, the suitors will be growing in numbers after Luongo’s latest performance, along with the Australian’s price tag.
“If the price keeps going up it knocks more clubs out of the race,” Cooper told the Swindon Advertiser.
“The longer he stays with us the better. Like I say, there’s plenty got their eye on him and they’ll have to join the queue.”
Cooper was coy when asked whether he had placed a price tag on Luongo.
“Each situation is different, the more games he plays like he did the other night obviously the price goes up doesn’t it?,” Cooper said.
“I’m not sure it’s good for us or not. His performance the other night caught the eye again.”
Luongo told Fox Sports after Monday’s win over Saudi Arabia that a move up a division could be something he’ll ponder in January.
“That all comes with the decision for me and whether it’s the right choice or the right move for me,” Luongo said.
“I’ll have to wait until January now. I’m sure a few offers might come in but that’s far from my worries at the moment
“I’m just thinking about playing for Swindon every week, obviously keeping fit to hopefully keep playing here (with the Socceroos).”
Luongo’s Swindon are away to Bradford City in England’s League One on Saturday.comments