Liverpool join the race to sign 18-goal, £20m Arsenal target

Wilfried Bony and Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

Liverpool have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to sign Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony this summer.

Liverpool saw their title bid collapse in the final weeks of the season, as defeat at home to Chelsea and a spectacular capitulation at the hands of Crystal Palace allowed Manchester City to sneak in and take the Premier League crown in the final week of the campaign.

Despite the end of season disappointment, the Reds are in a strong position entering the summer transfer window, with Champions League football set to return to Anfield. That means that manager Brendan Rodgers will be looking to strengthen his squad in order to cope with the rigours of competing on multiple fronts, and the rumour mill is already churning out plenty of rumours.

The latest name to be linked with a summer move to Merseyside is Swansea City striker Bony, who enjoyed a superb first season in the Premier League. The Ivorian international was snapped up from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for a club record £12m last summer, and he adjusted superbly with 15 goals in 27 starts for the South Wales side.

Unsurprisingly, his goalscoring feats have alerted other clubs to his considerable talents, and Arsenal were most recenty touted as potential suitors as Arsene Wenger looks to provide some striking assistance for Olivier Giroud in the Gunners' attack.

But it's now Liverpool who have been linked with a swoop for Bony, as Rodgers looked to raid his former club in order to add even more firepower to his side along with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

Bony, 25, is valued at around £20m after his outstanding season, and would offer something different to the Liverpool attack. The likes of Sturridge, Suarez and Raheem Sterling all offer blistering pace, yet Bony is a strong player who is adept with his back to goal - which would offer the Liverpool attack another dimension if they are chasing the game.

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