At the weekend, Wilfried Bony’s representative Dalibor Lavina caused a stir when he declared there is a strategy in place to move the striker on to a top club in England, Germany, Spain or France.
The Swansea man enjoyed a sterling debut campaign in South Wales with 26 goals across all competitions after joining for £12 million from Vitesse last summer.
And suitors had already begun lining up after seeing the Ivorian prosper in his Premier League bow. Arsenal in particular have been mentioned as a top candidate for his services, the North London club in the market for a forward after Olivier Giroud lacked cover and competition last season.
Lavina’s words on Saturday served to put the Gunners and other interested parties on alert, with the agent all but inviting clubs to make an offer for the 26-year-old.
Just days later, however, Lavina has come out with another revelation that seems to threaten Arsenal’s position in the race for Bony.
The agent told Asromaradio.it that he has previously offered the Swansea hit man to Serie A’s Roma, and is keen to see Bony join the Giallorossi.
Lavina said: “In February I spoke with Roma, not directly with [sporting director Walter] Sabatini but with his colleagues, and I offered the player.
“So far, I have not had other contact with Roma or concrete answers. Sabatini knows the player and his situation, and me personally, however as of today there haven’t been steps forward.
“It is always the club that will decide. I have spoken to Wilfried of this possibility.
“Roma remains out top priority, as a club that will play in the Champions League.”
What is clear, so it seems, is that Lavina is looking to engineer a move away from Swansea to a club playing in Europe’s elite competition.
In Roma’s case, the determining factor is whether they want Bony. And beyond that, if they’re willing to shell out the upwards of £20 million the Swans will demand to let him go.
If the Italian capital club are prepared to play ball, they may indeed have an inherent advantage over Arsenal, but as of now it’s uncertain whether they’ll be back for the Ivorian after four months without contact.