Where should gem-finders Swansea hunt for a Bony replacement?
There was only one man better than Sergio Aguero at scoring Premier League goals during 2014, so at the earliest opportunity Man City went out and offered £30m for him.
The defending Premier League champions, who can be backed at 6/4 to win this year’s title with Ladbrokes, have opened negotiations with Swansea over a mega-bucks deal to bring Wilfried Bony to the Etihad, in a bid to add more firepower to a strikeforce that has suffered greatly with injury this term.
But where does the sale, and it will be a sale unless Swansea have found an untapped source of oil somewhere, leave the Liberty Stadium side?
Bony is the club’s leading scorer by some distance in the top flight, with his nine goals putting him clear of Gylfi Sigurdsson in second by five.
Replacing such a key figure in January will be a tough task for the Swansea hierarchy, as the market value of strikers swells beyond belief during the winter months.
The south Wales club have become masters of picking up successful strikers at a great price though, with Bony costing them just £12m from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 and Michu preceding the Ivorian for just £2m the year before.
There will be a temptation for the club to dine at a higher table now that their pockets are stuffed with cash, but they’d be wise to stick to the formula that has served so well in the past.
Returning to Holland, where 23-year-old Heerenveen striker Mark Uth currently leads the scoring charts with 11 goals from 17 outings, could provide another bargain, while looking at the Europa League’s leading lights, as Leicester have just done with Andrej Kramaric, could be another route.
The prolific Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano is the shining star in that instance, having netted 79 times in 89 games for the club. He is likely to be well remunerated by the affluent Austrians but could be tempted to test himself at a higher level having failed in his native Spain.
Bony’s departure could of course be the crack of light that the so far minute-starved Bafetimbi Gomis needs to excel, relieving some of the pressure on Garry Monk to find an immediate replacement.
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