According to reports the Swans have yet to officially agree a fee with the Eredivisie side but it understood to be a bid of around £12 million.
The 24-year-old Ivorian striker has stormed the Dutch top tier this term scoring an incredible 31 goals in 30 appearances – that’s right, more goals than games and he even managed to add 8 assists to that as well.
The Ivory Coast international has a very good record for his national team scoring eight goals in 20 appearances for his country. The question will be, should Swansea get their heart’s desire and bring him to the Liberty this summer, can he duplicate his efforts and adapt to the Premier League.
Of course, the Swans’ revelation this term was none other than Michu. The Spaniard arrived for a fee of just £2 million from Rayo Vallecano – an astute acquisition from Laudrup who exploited to great effect his knowledge of La Liga – the 27-year-old netted 22 goals in all competition in his debut season.
Michu’s previous total in Spain was 15 La Liga goals in 37 appearances – Wilfried Bony’s current form exceeds Michu in prolificity . If Swansea get their man for £12 million and he is able to settle in quickly and hit the ground running, he could very well surpass Michu’s incredible debut season at the Liberty.
No one would have banked on a relative unknown from Rayo Vallecano rivaling the likes of Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez for the Golden Boot but Michael Laudrup’s keen eye for a bargain buy paid dividends for the Swans last term and, should Wilfried Bony arrive in Wales this summer, I wouldn’t be even remotely surprised to see him beat Michu’s tally next season.
For £12 million I’m actually more surprised there isn’t more competition to sign him – the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all in the market for a quality striker this summer and whilst they’ll likely be under pressure from the fans to being in big names, they may well find those big names are actually less effective than Wilfried Bony.
That’s exactly what happened last term – Michu was undoubtedly the most cost-effective purchase made by any Premier League side. In terms of value for money, no other player comes close. He’s not going to be the biggest bargain of this summer but if Michael Laudrup does indeed bring Wilfried Bony to Swansea City, the Premier League had better watch out.
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