Chelsea are ready to rival Manchester City for the signature of Wilfried Bony, with The Times reporting that it will take an offer of at least £20 million to convince Swansea to cash-in on the Ivorian striker.
Scouts from Stamford Bridge and the Etihad Stadium were in attendance at Anfield for Monday night's Premier League clash between Liverpool and the Swans, specifically to run the rule over the 26-year-old talisman.
Jose Mourinho would prefer to move for Bony at the end of the season, but could be forced to make an early offer if City press ahead with plans to lure him north in January.
The Blues are well stocked in the striker department with Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba all available first-team options, but the same can't be said for Manchester City who have something of an injury crisis with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic all sidelined.
Bony signed a new four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium in November which means Swansea will be under no obligation to sell, but a big-money bid far in excess of the £12 million they paid Vitesse Arnhem for his services in 2013 might tempt them to enter into negotiations.
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The African striker - who has scored more goals than any other player in the Premier League in 2014 - is certainly not short of admirers, so might wish to stay put in south Wales until the end of the season as he considers his next move carefully.
Regular action would certainly be much more difficult to come by in west London, and the same scenario could also present itself in Manchester once the list of star-studded forwards return to action for the Citizens.
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