A number of Premier League clubs have been put on alert as Swansea City soften their hard-line stance on want-away striker Wilfried Bony, according to reports in the English press. The Ivorian has been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham before now, as he seeks a move to a bigger club with Champions League aspirations.
Having enjoyed a successful debut season at the Liberty Stadium last year, the initial asking price for the Cote d’Ivoire international was set at £19 million. However, Bony is said to be concerned that the high asking price is scaring potential bidders away, and therefore blocking his own personal career rise.
The club have been adamant that they want to keep the forward before now, although they have also said that they would listen to any suitable offers from any of Europe’s top clubs. Where once the £19 million price tag was putting teams off, however, the fee could now be lowered and a bidding war could ensue.
Swansea have become keen to offload the player as he remains unsettled at the club, pushing for a move away. Rather than leave his personal saga running until the last days of the transfer window, Huw Jenkins and Garry Monk would rather cash in on Bony now in order to give themselves optimum time to replace him.
The new asking price is yet to be finalised, but he is likely to still cost more than the £8.5 million that almost saw Loic Remy make the switch to Liverpool, one of the sides interested in Bony. The move for the Queens Park Rangers front-man fell through, however, amid concerns over his medical.