Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is aware of the price that will allow Wilfried Bony to complete a move to Anfield this summer, according to a report.
The Swansea City star has been strongly linked with a move to last season’s Premier League runners-up, with a fee of £19million reportedly the figure that will release him from his contract with the Welsh club.
The Reds were originally told that £25m would be the asking price for the Ivory Coast international, but reports in Wales are now suggesting that it could drop as much as £6m less due to a loophole in Bony’s contract.
The escape clause for the 25-year-old supposedly states a pre-arranged price that he can be sold for should bigger clubs come chasing, a figure that was agreed when he signed from Vitesse Arnhem last August.
Despite the ongoing speculation of Liverpool’s interest, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins revealed on Friday that the Merseyside club are yet to make a formal approach. The Reds now have increased spending power following the (reported) €79m (£63m) sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and look keen to add Bony as one of his replacements.
Bony would add solid depth to Brendan Rodgers’ side as they prepare for a return to the Champions League this season, with Daniel Sturridge, Ricky Lambert and Fabio Borini also vying for a spot up front. But questions still remain as to whether Liverpool can recruit an A-list striker capable of the kind of performances Suarez gave them last campaign.
Although having scored 25 times last season, Bony will unlikely provide the cutting-edge displays that Suarez provided, but could form a decent partnership with Daniel Sturridge that contains pace, power and versatility. Should he cost £19m, then he could well be worth recruiting for Liverpool.