Thursday, April 26, 2018

Wilfried Bony available for £10m; Galliani plays down Puyol talk

The agent of Vitesse Arnhem forward Wilfried Bony has revealed the club have placed a £10 million price-tag on the Cote d'Ivoire international.

The agent of Vitesse Arnhem forward Wilfried Bony has revealed the club have placed a £10 million price-tag on the Cote d’Ivoire international, ESPN FC reports.

Bony, 24, is reportedly attracting interest from a number of English Premier League clubs, including the likes of Fulham, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

Serie A side S.S.C. Napoli are also rumoured to be keen on the 24-year-old, but the Ivorian would prefer a move to England.

West Brom Steve Clarke has Bony on his transfer shortlist, with Peter Odemwingie and Marc-Antoine Fortune, and possibly even Markus Rosenberg and Romelu Lukaku, set to leave The Hawthorns at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, West Ham are eyeing the Ivorian as a potential replacement for on loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll. Liverpool want £17 million for Carroll and the Hammers are likely not to oblige. Smartly so.

The Cote d’Ivoire international is being monitored by Napoli amid ongoing rumours linking Edinson Cavani with a summer move away from the Stadio San Paolo.

Manchester City are believed to be leading the race for the Uruguay international, with Chelsea and Real Madrid also credited with an interest in the player.

According to Bony’s agent Dalibor Lacina, Vitesse have already reached an agreement to sell the player in the upcoming summer transfer window.

“There have been negotiations and he will leave Vitesse when the season is finished. That has been agreed and we have to decide his best option,” Lacina told ESPN.

“There are two English clubs that have made direct contact with Vitesse about his signing, but there are many others in England and in Europe. I know he has said he would prefer a move to the Premier League, but nothing has been concluded yet.

“He wants to finish the season in Holland and then will be free to decide where he goes. 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 is currently the top goal scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie with 31 goals this season.

Galliani plays down Puyol talk

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has insisted the club are not interested in signing FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol in the summer, Sky Sports understands.

Puyol, 34, does not fit the current transfer policy of the Rossoneri, who have turned their focus to signing young players.

“Carles is a good friend of Milan and we know how much he loves this club after Barca,” Galliani told Mundo Deportivo.

“But we have to say that our current plans do not include signing any older players, despite Puyol’s ability, and will focus on youngsters.”

That said, Galliani did admit the Serie A giants are interested in signing ‘a number’ of the Catalans’ younger players.

Recent reports have linked Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas with summer moves away from the Camp Nou, with Barcelona set to revamp their squad in the summer.

“Barca have a number of young players that would interest us if they were to become available,” added Galliani.

“We talk to them informally on occasion and Barca and Milan maintain an excellent relationship.”

Puyol has scored two goals in 22 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona this season.


Shawn Etemadi



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