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Arsenal and Liverpool now want Wilfried Bony of Swansea City - after Everton show interest

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

Wilfried Bony pictured with one of his four awards at the Swansea City awards night. The striker, pictured with Evening Post football writer Gareth Vincent, is attracting interest from Everton, Arsenall, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

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ARSENAL and Liverpool have joined Everton in the race to wrest Wilfried Bony away from Swansea City, it has been reported.

The question for Swansea City now is where do they hide him as Premier League rivals scramble to sign the Ivory Coast player.

But concealing him is looking difficult when his skills could be paraded before a global audience if he takes to the field for his national team in the World Cup this summer.

Everton were the first Premier League club linked with wanting Bony, who scored 25 times last season.

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Five of those came in the Europa League, making him particularly attractive to Everton as they embark on a European campaign in 2014/15.

They also have a void to fill with the disappearance of on-loan Romelu Lukaku back to Chelsea.

Liverpool are reportdly targeting Bony and Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez.

While Arsenal, winners of the FA Cup on Saturday, with a 3-2 victory over Hull, are thought to want him to support Olivier Giroud.

Borussia Dortmund trumped all of the above though by showing the very first signs of interest in the 25-year-old, as they look for a replacement for Robert Lewandowski who is heading for Bayern Munich.

Bony signed for the Swans for £12million from Vitesse Arnhem.

But after his performances this past season, and with Bony’s stated desire to remain at Swansea City, the club may hope to hang on to their star striker for just a little longer.

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  • Tredwyn  |  May 27 2014, 1:49PM

    Swans aren't going broke so there's no point in selling unless you can buy someone as good with the money. Unless the Belgian kid they're after is dynamite I'd put a £35 million tag on Wilfried and hang on.

  • yankytaff  |  May 20 2014, 12:42PM

    25 goals when he didn't really do full season, his ability to hold up play + hold off defenders - £30m minimum for Bony, if we can hold him this seasson we could get even more at the end of next season

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  • hacker_jack  |  May 20 2014, 10:52AM

    In the end it's a case of what offers come in. £25m on the table and he's gone (with my blessing). You can demand GM postures about us not selling but we live in the real world, there are only 4 non-selling clubs in the PL if a good enough offer comes in.

  • KP287  |  May 19 2014, 1:54PM

    July will be crunch time, after World Cup and it will be interesting to see who goes on the US pre season tour... I`m not hearing any players of Bonys` quality being linked with Swansea, but it is early days on both fronts`...

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  • christhejac  |  May 19 2014, 12:51PM

    At least its not a rehashed Laudrup story everyday!!!!

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  • Lynbaz  |  May 19 2014, 10:34AM

    Jenkins will call ALL the shots, obviously. It's why he appointed Monk when there were at least a dozen proven, experienced, qualified managers available for the job.

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  • vouloiruk  |  May 19 2014, 10:24AM

    Here we go again. Evening Post, and Paul Turner, anything to cause a stir between seasons and fill up some print space. Last year it was the same 2 clubs "rumouring" on Ashley Williams. I note what Mr Turner has said: Liverpool are reportdly targeting Bony Arsenal are thought to want him Hardly makes for classy journalism does it, even the spelling is iffy! No more rubbish articles please, try following our players into the World Cup. You haven't said a word about DeGuzmann playing for the Netherlands over the weekend.

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  • yankytaff  |  May 19 2014, 9:32AM

    What I find concerning is the slight but significant change in what GM is saying re Bony, following the S'Land game it was we're not a selling club and we're keeping him, a few days later it had changed to I think we can hold on to him but money talks and mentioning astronomical sums. Prior to the S'land game GM had also stated several times the clubs intention to keep Bony reminding people he was under contrat to the club and talked about the plans build the team round him What has prompted this change and in just a matter of days has discussion gone on behind closed doors. This change coupled with HJ'S interview in which he seemed to have very strong views on what players were needed makes me wonder who is going to be calling the shots re out transfers.

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