Swansea City may well have agreed a deal to sell the sought-after Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, but it appears that they’re now preparing to dispense of the services of Bafetimbi Gomis as well.
According to the Daily Mail the French striker, who has failed to hit the ground running since arriving at the Liberty Stadium from Lyon last year, has been offered to Arsenal, with Gary Monk clearly not convinced when it comes to his ability to lead the line.
Gomis to Arsenal
The report in question claims that Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace have already made a bid of £9.3 million for the 29-year-old, who was a hit in Ligue 1 before transferring to England. Gomis has since only managed to bag two league goals for the Swans in 16 appearances, and so the speculation linking him with the Gunners is somewhat surprising.
Arsene Wenger is said to be on the look out for a striker capable of firing his side into title contention, with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck having proved incapable of netting on a regular basis. At the moment summer signing Alexis Sanchez has scored the lion’s share of the goals, but if he succumbs to injury then Arsenal could be in all sorts of trouble.
What’s more today it was confirmed that youngster Yaya Sanogo will be joining Palace for the remainder of the season on a loan deal, leaving Wenger even more short up top. Though the French forward has hardly been prolific he was an option regularly deployed when Giroud and Welbeck were injured, and so Gomis’s arrival may be one that’s necessary.
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The big risk
All the same Wenger will likely be reluctant to pay almost £10 million for a player who has yet to prove he has what it takes to excel in England, with Bony’s impressive goal haul leaving much to be desired with regards to his teammate.
Though the Gunners boss has grown a reputation for bringing compatriots into his fold he will know that plenty hinges on this transfer. Fans at the Emirates Stadium have become increasingly quick to call for mass changes at the north London giants, and so Wenger is very much treading on eggshells as he looks to steer his ship towards success.