Swansea City face a summer long battle to keep hold of record signing Wilfried Bony, with national papers reporting this week the Ivory Coast striker has become a target for a number clubs in both the Premier League and Europe.
Bony impressed many this season with his powerful displays up front for the Swans, scoring 25 goals in his first campaign in England (including 16 Premier League goals). His goals and presence up front meant the absence of Spanish forward Michu (who missed much of last season with injury) was not as keenly felt. Without the African striker’s goals the Welsh club may even have found their top flight status in jeopardy.
On Thursday the Mirror reported that Everton boss Roberto Martinez has targeted Bony as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who has returned to parent club Chelsea after a successful loan at the Toffees.
The same newspaper also reported this weekend that Arsene Wenger was interested in bringing Bony to Arsenal, where he would provide competition and a more physical alternative to the FA Cup winners’ current target man Olivier Giroud. There is reported interest too from Europe with Borussia Dortmund looking at the Ivorian as a replacement for Bayern Munich-bound Poland striker Robert Lewandowski.
Finally, the Sunday People are reporting Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is considering a bid for Bony. It’s an exciting prospect for Liverpool fans who saw their club hit 101 goals in their Premier League campaign this season, as Bony would certainly add further firepower alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Bony is said to be happy in South Wales, but has expressed that it would be difficult to turn down a ‘big club’ and a chance to play Champions League may prove too tempting.
While no formal bids have been made, the reports indicate Bony could be available for a fee of £20 million.
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