Arsenal are considering a late offer to sign Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony after missing out on Radamel Falcao, reports The Daily Star.
Gunners officials allegedly contacted Monaco on Friday evening with regards to a loan bid for Falcao, but Arsene Wenger deemed the temporary switch as too expensive to justify. Now he is looking into the possibility of signing someone significantly cheaper.
Bony thoroughly impressed during his debut season for Swansea, scoring 27-goals in all competitions including 16 in the Premier League. That was enough for Swansea to place a £19 million price tag on his head, which Arsenal are considering meeting.
However, with just hours left in the transfer market, it is likely that Swans chairman Huw Jenkins will resist any attempt to take the star away from the Liberty Stadium. Bony leaving between now and midnight would leave Swansea with no time to sign a replacement.
But fuel was thrown on the fire earlier today when it was confirmed that Swansea had signed promising striker Modou Barrow from Swedish club Ostersunds FK for an undisclosed fee.
Barrow is likely to be introduced to the Under-21 set up for the forthcoming season, but after scoring 10 goals in 19 appearances for Ostersunds, could make the move up to senior level if Bony does become a Gunner.
Wenger had confirmed that Arsenal would be very active on transfer deadline day, but thus far no real movement has been seen on the red side of north London. Arsenal fans would be disappointed not to see a striker brought in before the deadline after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until the new year with a broken ankle.
The Gunners noticeably struggled with Yaya Sanogo leading the line against Leicester City. They left the King Power Stadium with a solitary point despite having 24 shots on goal - seven accredited to Sanogo.
Sanchez up front
Alexis Sanchez has been deployed in a central role already for Arsenal and Wenger confirmed that he will use the Chilean up front when required. Along with Lukas Podolski and the return of Theo Walcott, Wenger may choose to stick with his current options in attack.
That may not be enough to sustain a Premier League title challenge and will definitely not be enough to satisfy Arsenal fans, who want to see their club match their Premier League rivals in the transfer market.