Wilfried Bony could be on his way to Arsenal at the end of the season according to whispers emanating from North London. The Ivorian was signed by Michel Laudrup during the summer and he has impressed in his first season, making 47 appearances for the Welsh club and scoring 25 goals in all competitions. Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new striker and while the likes of Carlos Vela, Karim Benzema and Danny Welbeck have been mentioned, it is understood that he could opt for the powerful Swansea City striker.
Bony, 25 would like to move to Arsenal as it is so obviously a step up from his former club and he would have a chance of playing in the UEFA Champions League, but Swansea are known for staying firm when it comes to transfers. Despite Arsenal’s long pursuit of their captain Ashley Williams last summer, the South Wales club refused to sell and dug their heels in.
Swansea signed Bony from Vitesse in a deal worth 12 million Pounds but have slapped a 20-million Pound tag on him in a bid to frighten off potential suitors. His 16 league goals have alerted some of the bigger teams of the Barclays Premier League including Everton and Tottenham. The Swans might have to sell the striker if any club comes close to this valuation and the man himself shows an inclination to move. However, for a fee of 20 million Pounds, they reckon they can find a replacement in the transfer market.
Interestingly, Bony went on trial at Liverpool in 2007 but was not offered a contract. At the beginning of the season, BBC listed Bony as one of the signings to look out for in the 2013-14 season. He is a member of the Cote d’Ivoire national team and made his debut in 2010 against Burundi.
Is it worth Arsenal forking out the 20m or will Bony be a one-season wonder?