The future of Swansea City star Wilfried Bony has never looked all too assured at the Liberty Stadium, particularly given the interest from clubs competing in the Champions League.
Over the course of the summer months it was expected that he would become the new forward at either Liverpool or Arsenal, following an excellent first campaign in the Premier League last term.
In the end no transfer materialised, with neither club submitting a satisfactory offer to Swansea. However Bony has revealed that a move perhaps came far closer than many believed, claiming that he could have made a switch had he wanted to.
Though the Ivory Coast striker did admit that interest from the likes of Liverpool never went past the point of speculation he conceded that he might well have left the Swans, stating: “If I wanted to go, I would have done.”
Edinson Cavani deal
Moving forward any deal in the future looks unlikely, particularly as Bony has confirmed that he could sign a new contract in Wales. Such rejection though is said to have turned Wenger to other targets, and a deal is said to be in the pipeline for Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguayan striker is thought to be out of sorts in Ligue 1 and would consider a move away. Of course Arsenal are relatively thin on options when it comes to leading their line, and Cavani is a world-class asset. A £55million January bid seems a bit optimistic, but an eventual transfer shouldn’t be ruled out completely.
Thanks largely to the influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cavani was forced out wide in his maiden season with the club and thus failed to live up to expectation. Now, despite his Swedish teammate having been out of action for a large portion of this term, he still hasn't properly found his feet, and as such a move away is considered to be a feasible option.
To finish off there’s a story sure to evoke mixed reactions doing the rounds, with Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez having reportedly turned down a summer move to the Emirates Stadium when he was agonisingly close to joining them.
It’s said the Spanish winger was on the verge of agreeing a deal with Arsenal, but backed out when it emerged Luis Enrique would be his new boss. Under Gerardo Martino the winger had become something of a fringe player and Arsene Wenger may have offered him guaranteed first-team football, though he eventually resolved to purchase Alexis Sanchez.