Five clubs that should bid for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony
Wilfried Bony has only ever scored international goals in competitive matches for the Ivory Coast. His latest came as he brought his country level in their first outing at the World Cup against Japan, and shows he is building on two prolific club campaigns.
The Swansea City striker, 25, netted 25 goals in all competitions in his debut season in British football, and Coral make him the 9/4 favourite to be Ivorian top scorer at the Brazil finals.
Bony’s exploits both for club and country are attracting suitors, with a reported price tag of £20m slapped on him. Where should he go? His agent Dalibor Lacina certainly has plans.
“He should move only to a top-six club or to a big club because Swansea is a very good club.” Lacina also hinted that Bony is attracting interest from top Premier League, Ligue 1 and La Liga teams.
In light of this, Coral experts have put their heads together and come up with five clubs that could do with buying Bony.
Roberto Martinez has to find a way of replacing loan star Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park. Bony scored one more Premier League goal than the big Belgian during the club campaign. His compatriot Arouna Kone’s injury problems meant there was no out-and-out backup to Lukaku at the Toffees.
Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas, wide players by trade, did admirably in deputising during a spell when the Chelsea-owned striker was sidelined with an ankle problem. Bony proved himself in Europe at the Swans this term, and would have similar action to enjoy at Everton next season.
Los Che endured a really difficult campaign, despite reaching the Europa League semi-finals. Having proved himself in Britain and the Netherlands with Vitesse Arnhem, could Bony be tempted by a crack at La Liga?
The Mestalla outfit are short on striking options, so Valencia fans need a new hero to follow in the footsteps of David Villa and Roberto Soldado. Bony could easily take Brazilian flop Jonas’ place in the XI, with only young Paco Alcacer for competition. Chile international Eduardo Vargas, if signed permanently, could move out wide to accommodate him.
Arsene Wenger is also lacking firepower up front, with the goal burden firmly weighted on Olivier Giroud’s shoulders. Having proved he can cut in the Europa League, Bony would certainly be tempted by a transfer to a team that offers Champions League football.
Costa Rica counterpart Joel Campbell, who helped his country stun Uruguay with a goal an assist, looks to have a future at Arsenal, but would be better coming from a wide berth. Bony’s better mobility than Giroud would give the Gunners a great option. He could hardly do worse than Danish disaster Nicklas Bendtner at the Emirates.
Suppose Radamel Falcao’s serious knee injury means he loses his killer instinct in front of goal? Dimitar Berbatov acts as backup to the Colombia hitman, but Bony would provide youthful legs that would credibly challenge either.
Falcao clearly pushed himself hard to be fit for, but ultimately missed out on, the World Cup. If Bony can continue to bang them in at the Brazil finals, Monaco can clearly afford him. New boss Leonardo Jardim had a striker of similar stature, Algeria’s Islam Silmani, in his previous job at Sporting Lisbon too.
This is somewhat from left-field with an imminent official announcement on Diego Costa’s capture by Blues boss Jose Mourinho, but remember this. Bony started for the Ivory Coast ahead of former Stamford Bridge scoring hero Didier Drogba, played for Chelsea’s feeder club Vitesse for two seasons and ‘the Special One’ wants to totally revamp his forward line.
Space could easily be made for Bony if Fernando Torres was shipped out, with boyhood club Atletico Madrid looking to replace Costa and placate fans that are tired of star players being sold. Demba Ba is also on his way out of the Bridge, so a new-look strikeforce could see Lukaku and Bony backing up the Brazilian-born Spain international next term.