Swansea have received no bids for Wilfried Bony

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Swansea have received no contact at all concerning the potential transfer of in-demand striker Wilfried Bony, according to manager Garry Monk.

Ivorian international Bony enjoyed an impressive 2013/14 campaign in the Premier League, with his good goalscoring form at the Liberty Stadium - he notched 16 goals in 24 games - seemingly attracting transfer interest from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, among others.

In an interview with Wales Online that was quoted by The Daily Express, Monk - who was officially appointed as the Swans' new manager last month after helping the club to successfully retain their top-flight status in a caretaker role following the departure of Michael Laudrup - claimed that no clubs had contacted Swansea over any deal and made it abundantly clear that they do not want to lose the influential frontman.

"There have been lots of stories, but we've had absolutely zero contact from anyone about Wilf and the fact is that as a club, we don't care anyway," he said.

"We don't want to lose Wilf. We want him to stay with us and for him to be part of our future and the fact is that he is under contract. He is our player so it will be down to us to decide whether he stays or not."

Monk - who enjoyed a decade long-stint as a player in South Wales and captained the side as they beat Reading to secure promotion from the Championship via the lottery of the playoff-final in 2011 - also insisted that he wasn't surprised by the rumours linking Bony with other clubs given his recent individual success.

"There is always going to be speculation about someone who scored as many goals as Wilf did last season. It's a part of football that when a player does well, he will be linked with other clubs.

"But Wilf is our player, so all the speculation doesn't matter."

Just because the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea haven't officially registered their interest in £19 million-rated Bony at this early stage of the summer, though, does certainly not mean that they won't choose to move for the powerful 25-year-old at some stage during the next transfer window.

Both Premier League title rivals are believed to be on the hunt for new strikers prior to the start of next season, with Arsene Wenger looking to provide serious competition for Olivier Giroud following the overdue departure of Nicklas Bendtner.

Chelsea already appear to have one deal for a new striker close to completion, with Diego Costa said to have undergone a medical ahead of a proposed move from La Liga champions and beaten Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid.

However, with Samuel Eto'o having left the club following the expiration of his one-year contract, doubts continuing to persist over the future of Romelu Lukaku and the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba hardly having done enough to convince Jose Mourinho that they are adequate long-term options, it certainly doesn't seem beyond the realms of possibility that the Portuguese will be looking to find a more suitable partner for Costa.

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