Liverpool in competition with Chelsea for striker who they rejected when 18

Liverpool turned down the powerful striker Wilfried Bony when he was an 18-year-old. Now he is the top-scorer in the Eredivisie and Liverpool face a big task in beating Chelsea to his signature.

With 12 goals in 12 appearances Wilfried Bony is currently Eredivisie’s leading goalscorer and as usual with this enviable position comes the guaranteed transfer interest.

The Ivorian striker has been linked with several big clubs in recent weeks and Liverpool are the most recent Premier League side to reportedly court his services. It would not be the first time Liverpool have moved for one of the Dutch league’s top-scorers as previous forward Dirk Kuyt and current talisman Luis Suarez prove but as scouts watched the imposing presence of Bony at the GelreDome this Sunday past this deal may prove the most costly for the club.

He failed to shine in a 0-0 draw against FC Twente however that will not cease their interest in the powerful striker, unlike their previous interaction with the man from Bingerville.

Wilfried came over to Merseyside as an 18-year-old in 2007 and went on trial with the club while playing for Ivorian side Issia Wazi; he was turned away. In all fairness to Liverpool this doesn’t come as much of a surprise when you consider that Bony struggled to make an impact at his first continental club, Sparta Prague. A year after his failed trial with Liverpool he joined the Czech side but spent the first campaign in the capital sitting on the bench for the reserve side.

However his attitude is exemplary and he worked hard to get himself into contention. He learned the Czech language, adapted to the harsh winters and passed the gruelling cross-country skiing regime in stamina camp.

So when Liverpool rejected Wilfried Bony it was not the confident nearing complete article currently on offer today. It has taken him a slightly different route to earn the respect from around Europe via Sparta and now at Vitesse Arnhem where he is finding the net at will.

If Liverpool do want to snap him up they may have to pay a fair price for the man who is unavoidably being likened to countryman Didier Drogba. Vitesse are one of Holland’s wealthier sides, backed by wealthy Georgian businessmen and former footballer Merab Jordania the Arnhem club are not in dire need of a sale so will demand a fair cut for the man that Liverpool said no to as a boy.

Liverpool are in need of a striker option and Bony is a confident finisher with all the physicality to handle English football; not to mention a player in form who would be a great addition to the squad.

Yet there is a sting in the tail.

Bony is apparently keen on a move to Chelsea and they are growing increasingly keen on making that wish come true:

‘’It would be an honour. I would like to join a club like that. I like English football and I'm not afraid to go there. Chelsea are a top club."

Given that Roman Abramovich is an acquaintance of Jordania a long link has been established with the Dutch club. This is visible in Gael Kakuta, Tomas Kalas and Patrick van Aanholt all currently enjoying loan spells at the club.

While Liverpool may not have to lick too many wounds over turning down Bony as a fresh face 18-year-old there is no doubt they will likely lose out if they go to war with Chelsea for Wilfried Bony.

Here he is in action; the backheel on 4.07 is my personal favourite…

Would you want Chelsea or Liverpool to bring in the powerful striker with the understated goal celebrations?

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