Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony at the end of the season, according to reports in the Mirror.
The 25 year old joined the Welsh club from Vitesse Arnhem last summer and has been in fine form for the Swansea in his debut season, scoring 25 goals in all competitions.
The report states that Arsene Wenger has set his sights on bringing the Ivory Coast international to the Emirates at the end of the season to bolster his strike force.
It further states that if Arsenal make a firm offer, Bony could be forced to make a big decision over his future, but the Welsh club believe they would need £20 million to buy an adequate replacement.
The Ivory Coast international has recently expressed his desire to play for a bigger club as he has set his sights on featuring in European football. He said:
I want to be in a bigger club, like all young players dream. So, for me, it is very important to keep doing well what I am doing now and just try to get the chance, and if the chance comes to me then it is up to the club to decide.
All I can say is that I’m very happy here to be playing in Europe again. If you win something you always want to do more, always pushing yourself.
I want to do Champions League now. I want to play more European games, so I feel like that because you feel it is good to play against the big teams.
It is good to check your level.
The Gunners could face a bidding war from the likes of Manchester United and Roma, who are also rumoured to be interested in Bony’s services.
He is a clinical finisher and also has incredible composure in front of goal, including the ability to take well placed penalties. He very rarely spares any one on one opportunities against the goalkeeper that he creates for himself, with his speed and strength. He often beats the offside trap to find himself in goal-scoring opportunities.
His aerial prowess brought him a lot of his goals in the Dutch league, as not many defenders can deal with Bony in the air. He knows how to lead the line effectively and somewhat adds a bit of technical ability to a big target man type of player.
The Gunners failure to recruit another top-class striker is one of the reasons why they have failed to win this season’s Premier League title. Giroud has his strengths, but often needs several chances before managing to hit the back of the net and his goal-scoring record against the big teams is also poor.
Bony is a fearless competitor, who leads the line superbly for his club and would be a superb acquisition for Arsenal. He has managed to shine even against the Premier League’s biggest and best defenders. The asking price is a little high but if you want quality in your team then you should be ready to pay the price.
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