Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins gives an update on Wilfried Bony, as Liverpool and Arsenal are linked with a move
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins gives an update on Wilfried Bony, as Liverpool and Arsenal are linked with a move.
Spurs were also interested in signing the 25 year-old striker when they were enquiring about Ben Davies and Michel Vorm – who have both completed their moves to White Hart Lane.
It’s thought that Liverpool are still keeping an eye on the Bony situation, although some sources say the Reds have moved their focus elsewhere for a striker.
Speaking about Bony, who is involved in tonight’s friendly at Exeter City, chairman Huw Jenkins said:
‘Wilfried Bony is a fantastic guy to have around the club,’
‘He was a great professional with us last season and he`s the same now. If a club come in for him, a top Champions League club, and put the right offer on the table he knows full well we will speak to him about that.
‘We are open like that. I think we have to be. As much as we want players to stay with us, we`ve also got to be realistic with where we`re at and try to make sure we continue to bring good players into the club.’
Manager Garry Monk went one further and said that they’ve had no contact at all from anyone regarding their star man.
‘We’ve had no contact from anyone at all,’
‘At the end of the day he’s [Bony] not for sale, unless someone comes in with an astronomical offer,’
‘Unless they want to pay an astronomical fee he’s going nowhere.’
‘It would be silly for any player to say ‘I only want to stay at this club’,’
‘Because if a bigger or better so-called club comes along and it’s a higher level of football, then every player’s going to do it.
‘But having spoken to him [Bony], he knows he’s a Swansea City player. He knows that nothing’s happened so far.
‘All he wants to do is to concentration what we are doing with Swansea City. That’s why he’s travelled with the squad. If he was thinking about going he wouldn’t be here.’
A lot has been said about a clause in his contract that allows him to speak with another club if they bid £19m, but the Swans appear to be holding out for the ‘right fee’ – probably in the region of £25m.