The agent of Cote d’Ivoire and Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony has admitted the highly-rated No. 9 will leave the GelreDome when the transfer window reopens in the summer, Sky Sports understands.
Bony, 24, has reportedly been attracting interest from a number of English Premier League sides, including the likes of Chelsea, Fulham and West Ham United, over the past few weeks.
The in-form striker has bagged 26 goals in 24 league games for Vitesse this season, fueling speculation linking the Ivorian with a summer exit from the Dutch Eredivisie side.
Bony’s agent, Dalibor Lacina, believes it is time for the Cote d’Ivoire international to test himself at a ‘big club,’ and rightfully so.
“The most important thing is for Bony to keep his form and reach the best possible position with Arnhem,” Lacina was quoted as saying in Blesk.
“But at the same time we have been negotiating his exit, which we must make happen in the summer.
“It is a sensitive matter and the Arnhem management have asked me not to make any comments.
“All the pieces of information that have been published are, for the most part, speculation which I do not want to comment on.
“We have been in talks with some specific clubs and as well as that there is a group of big clubs which are waiting in the wings.”
Bony, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2015, joined Vitesse Arnhem from Gambrinus liga giants AC Sparta Prague in January 2011, and is currently valued at £12 million.
Laudrup interested in Botia
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has admitted that Sevilla FC centre-back Alberto Botia is on his summer transfer wish list, Sky Sports reports.
Botia, 24, joined Sevilla from Asturias-based side Sporting Gijon last summer.
With that said, earlier this week, Botia revealed that Swansea submitted a £6 million bid for his services in January, but the former FC Barcelona defender opted to stay at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuá.
“He is a good player, but there are a lot of good players in that position,” Laudrup told the South Wales Evening Post.
“He may be on a list but it’s a long list.
“We have been linked with three or four players already, and this is only the beginning.
“There will be a lot of rumours with the transfer window coming up.”
In other news around the Liberty Stadium, Wales international Jazz Richards — who is currently on loan at Championship side Crystal Palace – has put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at Swansea City until the summer of 2016.