Arsenal are reportedly interested in raiding Manchester City for a striker, with their transfer target identified as Wilfried Bony according to a report by the Daily Star.
The report states that Arsene Wenger is looking to buy the Ivorian attacker with an initial set offer of £30m as part of his plan to bolster their offensive power. No final decision has been made yet by the Frenchman on sending a formal bid however.
A new striker is required at the Emirates Stadium. With Danny Welbeck out to a long-term injury, the occasionally frustrating Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott remain the club’s only senior forwards. If the Gunners are to challenge their rivals for the title, a fresh attacker is needed.
The Manchester City striker first garnered attention at Vitessse Arnhem. He then enjoyed a fruitful spell with Swansea City before leaving for the Etihad in 2015. However, life with Manchester City hasn’t gone according to plan, with the African Cup of Nations winner scoring only 10 goals in 48 Premier League appearances.
Signed for £25m, the 27-year-old attacker has proven an ill-suited fit for the Citizens’ offensive line under both managers since his move in 2015. Sergio Aguero continues to be the number one choice, with Pep Guardiola bringing in Nolito from Celta Vigo to challenge the Argentine.
This, however, is despite the fact that the newly-appointed Spanish tactician admitted (via ESPN FC) that the Ivory Coast international is still a Manchester City player “at the moment.” Nonetheless, making a profit off the out-of-favor Bony could prove too tempting for the management at the Etihad Stadium.
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Whether Pep Guardiola will sell to Arsenal – a direct rival – remains the question of the hour, though. From the Gunners perspective he is a ready made Premier League centre forward who is capable of scoring goals as we’ve seen from his time with Swanse. Is he an upgrade on Giroud? Debatable. Wenger should be aiming higher. Romelu Lukaku anyone?