Wilfried Bony wants to join a bigger club

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Wilfried Bony looks set to depart Swansea this summer, with speculation suggesting that the powerful striker may have informed the South Wales outfit that he wishes to seek a move to a bigger club.

This information comes courtesy of the The Daily Express, who further suggest that Swansea may even be willing to compromise on a fee for Bony, with the Ivory Coast international's current contract at the Liberty Stadium containing a release clause worth approximately £19 million.

Bony - who scored two goals for his country at the recent World Cup - has certainly increased his profile and reputation considerably over the past year.

After joining Swansea from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse in July 2013, the 25-year-old went on to score 17 goals in 34 appearances in the Premier League, a rich vein of form that has seen Bony attract interest from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Premier League move imminent?

Despite some claims that Arsenal and Liverpool may now have moved onto other targets, such a declaration from the player that he is eager to test his talents elsewhere could surely tempt them back into the race for his signature.

While Arsenal have been quick to act in the transfer market already during the current window, it is questionable whether they have yet sufficiently solved the problem of being simply too reliant upon Olivier Giroud up-front.

Alexis Sanchez - who joined the Gunners in a big-money deal from Catalan giants Barcelona - is able to operate as a striker, although he isn't quite the out-and-out forward needed to challenge the Frenchman for a starting berth.

Whether Arsenal do indeed choose to pursue another attacking addition could be a decision that rests almost solely upon the future of Joel Campbell.

Costa Rican Campbell - who also impressed this summer in Brazil - is back at the Emirates Stadium after a productive loan spell with Greek champions Olympiacos and was given a rousing reception by the home crowd at last weekend's Emirates Cup tournament.

While many Arsenal fans are very eager to see him given an opportunity to thrive in North London, Campbell continues to be linked with a potential switch to AC Milan and his departure could hasten Wenger's attempts to capture another frontman. 

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Liverpool/Tottenham interest

Liverpool, meanwhile, simply must make further additions to their frontline if they are to build upon the surprising success achieved last season and successfully compete among Europe's elite once more.

Daniel Sturridge remains one of English football's most productive strikers, yet the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona is unlikely to be sufficiently compensated by the signing of Rickie Lambert alone.

While Bony may not possess the same skill finesse as Suarez, if former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers can reach out to his former employers and help to negotiate an acceptable price, he would still provide an impressive option at Anfield.

Tottenham appear as if they could be becoming frontrunners in pursuit of Bony, with Mauricio Pochettino presumably keen to bolster an attack that drew criticism last season following Roberto Soldado's inability to adapt in his first campaign in the Premier League.

While Bony would no doubt relish the opportunity to lead the line at White Hart Lane, you have to think that Tottenham may struggle to compete if either Arsenal or Liverpool decide to make an offer given that they can both tempt him with the considerable allure of Champions League football.

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