Liverpool announced on Friday that Luis Suarez will join Barcelona after a fee had been agreed, and now the search is underway for the Uruguayan’s replacement. Wilfried Bony has been mentioned as a successor but, according to Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, there has been no approach.
Luis Suarez set to leave
Liverpool are reported to have made €75 million from the Suarez transfer, which will be concluded once formalities between the player and Barcelona have been concluded, and Brendan Rodgers is now tasked with deciding how it should best be spent.
The acquisition of a proven striker is surely a priority, and Bony has emerged as a supposedly key target for the Liverpool manager. Bony only arrived in Swansea during the summer transfer window of last year, and impressed with 25 goals across all competitions in his maiden campaign.
It is claimed by The Mirror that Liverpool have been alerted to a £19 million release clause written into the contract of the Ivory Coast international - a prospective fee that is proving a tempting one to the Anfield club.
However, Liverpool have yet to register their interest in Bony and, if they do, Jenkins has urged them to ensure they approach a potential deal in the correct manner.
No Bony approach
"I have had no talks with Liverpool until now, and I would be very surprised if a club like Liverpool are doing any kind of negotiations with a player or player's agent behind our back," Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post.
"I would have thought somebody from Liverpool would have been in touch if they are really interested in Wilfried.
"There's a way of doing things. I know things are different in this day and age, but the usual rule of thumb is that when you are trying to complete a transfer, you deal with a club first and then the player comes after that.
"That's the nature of the system."
More stars to come
It hardly arrives as a great shock that Liverpool have not formalised their interest in Bony yet given the Suarez transfer is yet to be finalised, and they will ramp up efforts for a number of players when the striker does move to the Camp Nou.
Bony may well be one of them and, should he arrive on Merseyside, the 25-year-old is expected to join at least five other players to have already completed transfers to Liverpool this summer.
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can have all signed for last season’s Premier League bridesmaids, while Divock Origi, the young Belgian striker, would appear set to also be recruited.
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It is reported that the next most likely signing for Liverpool will be Lazar Markovic, with the Benfica winger’s medical with the club imminent.
Markovic is set to fly to Liverpool within the next 24 hours for the final parts of the deal to be put in place, and the Reds are expected to pay £20 million in order to capture the Serbia international.
Suarez is irreplaceable, of that there is no question. But Liverpool are making a concerted effort to soften the blow as much as possible, and the summer ahead should prove to be an exciting one.