Arsenal are ready to launch a £30m bid for out-of-favour Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, according to Daily Star.
The presence of Olivier Giroud as the North London club’s only recognised number nine of note has stuck in the throats of a section of the Emirates Stadium faithful, with doubts over whether the Frenchman can score enough goals to fire the club to major silverware.
Bony’s time at the Etihad Stadium has largely been as a fringe figure, with his exploits at Swansea City remaining the highlight of the Ivory Coast international’s time in England.
Just how much truth there is in the report remains to be seen, but the transfer could well be in the interests of all concerned parties.
Pep Guardiola has strengthened his squad this summer and looks likely to let a few squad players go – with Bony facing the axe given that Sergio Aguero has blocked his path into the starting XI.
The African’s sale would allow City to recoup some of the considerable transfer fees that they have splurged this summer and act as a tonic to the profit and loss account of the title-chasing outfit.
For Arsenal, Bony would add physicality, pace and a killer instinct that has not always been present with Giroud leading the line and offer Arsene Wenger another option in the final third.
The former Vitesse Arnhem hotshot proved during his time at Swansea that he can be a real handful against Premier League defences and scored consistently at the Liberty Stadium club.
For the player himself, a move to City was always fraught with the possibility of long periods of inaction given Aguero’s presence and undoubted caliber.
Bony would have more of a chance to start at Arsenal and could well be the missing piece of the Gunners attack.
The only questionable element of the deal would be the mentioned transfer fee of £30 million, which seems excessive despite today’s inflated market.
City paid £28 million for Bony in his pomp, with the African’s value surely dropping as a fringe figure in Manchester – the frugal Wenger would surely be reluctant to splurge such a high fee.