Blues may scupper Swans’ plans to land Ivorian goal machine.
Chelsea have emerged as surprise rivals to Swansea City in the race to sign prolific Vitesse Arnhem front man Wilfried Bony this summer, reports the Guardian.
It had been expected that the in-demand Ivory Coast international would complete a £10.2 million move to South Wales within the next few days, however, the Dutch club have since revealed that it is not just the Swans who are interested in signing Bony when the transfer window reopens for business on July 1.
Chelsea and Newcastle United are also both said to be keen on the 24-year-old, who netted an impressive 37 goals in just 36 matches in all competitions for the Eredivisie outfit in the previous campaign.
Bony, though, says that he would prefer a move to the Principality this summer in order to gain regular first-team football, and hopes that a deal can be agreed soon between the two clubs.
“The clubs are now talking,” Bony said. “Swansea is a wonderful club that plays attractive football. It’s my chance to play in the Premier League. I understand from my agent Swansea have €12m. That’s the amount Vitesse wants. I hope there is some good news soon.”