Real Madrid could derail Manchester City and Chelsea's plans to land Swansea striker Wilfried Bony by launching a £25 million swoop for the Ivorian according to the Daily Mail.
Bony once against proved his worth to the Swans by coming on as a substitute and scoring the goal that earned his side a point against QPR yesterday. That took his tally for the season to nine in 20 games.
While his goals have helped Swansea secure ninth place in the Premier League they have also attracted some big-name suitors including Chelsea and Manchester City. Now however it appears as though there's another name in the mix from farther afield.
According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are taking a look at the £25 million striker ahead of a potential swoop. The Spanish giants are on the lookout for back-up to Karim Benzema, and with Javier Hernandez expected to return to Manchester United at the end of his loan spell they are now taking a look at Bony.
That's bad news for both Chelsea and Manchester City, who also seem set on adding to their forward ranks. As things stand Jose Mourinho can call upon Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba to lead the line - however the latter isn't a long-term solution.
Croatian youngster Andrej Kramaric appears to be close to sealing a move to Stamford Bridge which could mean Chelsea rule out a move for Bony, although he'll be sent on loan for the rest of the season and Mourinho may decide that landing a proven goal-scorer for a relatively cheap price may be too good to pass up.
Manchester City are obviously well stocked in the forward department, but Sergio Aguero's constant injuries and doubts over Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic may prompt Manuel Pellegrini to swoop.
Tottenham have also been linked with the Ivorian striker, who will now depart for the Africa Cup of Nations. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins insisted on Wednesday that he's received no offers for Bony, but conceded he could be open to selling up.