Report: Swansea priced out of deal for Bony replacement Mario Gomez

Swansea City have reportedly been offered Fiorentina forward Mario Gomez.

The Swans are looking for a replacement for Wilfried Bony, who has just joined Manchester City on a permanent deal.

A report in the Daily Mail indicated that Fiorentina have offered 29-year-old German international Mario Gomez to the Welsh club, having been something of a disappointment since his transfer to the Viola in the summer of 2013. 30 games have brought just a return of five goals, and the report suggests that he has been listed for sale by the Serie A club.

However, there could be a large factor that prevents the former Bayern Munich man’s move to the Premier League, with TMW claiming that Swansea would be unable to match the wage packet he currently receives in Italy. There is also a suggestion that Gomez would be unwilling to drop down to a mid-table team such as the Swans, especially with Fiorentina realistically chasing European qualification for next season.

Gomez’s form with the Viola has been somewhat disrupted by injury, as his debut season in Italy was ended in March, forcing him to miss Germany’s World Cup success due to a knee ligament problem. He has since recovered, and has played 12 league games this season, but has found the back of the net just once, and a fresh start in a new country could do him good.

There is no indication as to a fee that Swansea would have to pay to sign the forward - should he change his mind and want to move to Wales - but it would likely be a sizeable amount with two-and-a-half seasons left on his contract. However, with Bony’s departure, the club have money to spend, and Gomez could represent a wise investment if they can convince him that he would be well set to be a success in the Premier League.

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