Gunners told Bony will cost them serious money…
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Swansea City have told Arsenal and Serie A giants Roma that their star Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony will cost them £25m if they want to sign him this summer, reports talkSPORT.
Bony joined the Welsh side last summer for a club record £12m, and the 25-year-old has more than paid back the fee already, following a superb debut season.
In all competitions, he scored 25 goals, more than Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and even Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge.
As a result, Gary Monk’s Swansea outfit have put a large, but probably justified £25m price-tag on his head, which could ward off the interest of both Arsenal and Roma.
If either of the sides do agree to pay the pricey sum, they’d be bringing in a powerful striker who’s more than capable of scoring a hatful of goals.
The Ivorian prides himself on his immense aerial ability, and his ability to shoot powerfully with either foot. Bony’s also technically able, meaning he can hold the ball up and bring other players into play. While he isn’t the fastest, his strength means that once he gets himself between the opposing defender and the ball, he very rarely loses possession.
The Gunners only have Olivier Giroud as a genuine striking option at the moment, as Nicklas Bendtner is leaving this summer as his contract expires, and young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo is too raw to consistently start for a potentially title winning side.
While Giroud actually enjoyed a better season than many have given him credit for, he does often go missing in big matches, and his distinct lack of pace limits the effectiveness of Mesut Ozil’s and Santi Cazorla’s through balls.
Roma currently deploy Mattia Destro up top, and although the striker scored 13 top flight goals, it’s thought that manager Rudi Garcia will look to strengthen ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign.
Arsenal could instead sign QPR owned forward Loic Remy, who is available for just £8m because of a clause in his contract.