Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bony to Swansea; Marquinhos’ agent plays down Barca talk

Swansea City have reached an agreement with Vitesse Arnhem for the transfer of Cote d'Ivoire striker Wilfried Bony.

Swansea City have reached an agreement with Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem for the summer transfer of highly-rated Cote d’Ivoire striker Wilfried Bony, Sky Sports understands.

Bony, 24, has been linked with a number of English clubs, including the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle United and Sunderland, in recent times.

The Cote d’Ivoire international, who bagged 37 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions for Vitesse last season, is on the verge of completing a move to Swansea City, according to the player’s agent Francis Kacou.

“Bony will go to Swansea,” Kacou told Dutch newspaper De Gelderlander.

“For how many years? We still have to work out that part. Hopefully more will be clear today.”

The Swans are rumoured to have agreed a transfer fee — believed to be in the region of €12 million — for Bony, which would make the Ivorian hitman the club’s record signing.

If all the minor details are sorted in the coming days, Bony will lead the attacking line for Michael Laudrup next season, giving Spanish sensation Michu the freedom to play behind the 24-year-old striker.

Bruma joins PSV

PSV Eindhoven have completed the signing of Holland international defender Jeffrey Bruma from Chelsea F.C., Sky Sports reports.

Bruma, 21, joined the Blues’ youth academy from Feyenoord for an initial fee of £100,000 in 2007.

The Dutch giants are believed to have paid £2.5 million for the 21-year-old defender, who scored one goal in 18 league appearances while on loan at Hamburger SV last term.

PSV technical director Marcel Brands also confirmed the signing of Holland Under-21 winger Florian Jozefzoon from RKC Waalwijk.

The former AFC Ajax Amsterdam attacker, 22, netted seven goals in 34 league appearances for RKC Waalwijk last season.

“They are talented players with all the necessary experience. Jeffrey is 21 years, Florian 22 years,” Brands told the Daily Mail.

“They fit the philosophy that PSV have; we like the best Dutch talent in our ranks.”

Marquinhos’ agent plays down Barca talk

The agent of A.S. Roma centre-back Marquinhos, Roberto Calenda, has played down reports linking the Brazil youth international with a summer move to FC Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.

Marquinhos, 19, has been linked with a move to Catalonia in recent weeks, with Barca reportedly considering the former Corinthians starlet as a long-term replacement for aging, injury-prone defender Carles Puyol.

The 19-year-old defender, who joined Roma from Corinthians last summer, established himself as a first-team regular under Zdeněk Zeman and Aurelio Andreazzoli respectively, making 30 appearances in all competitions for the Giallorossi last season.

“The interest of Barcelona? He is a Roma player and he remains at Rome,” Calenda to Radio Sportiva.

“It is inevitable that there are interests for a player so young and already regular in an important team.

“He still has a four-year contract with Roma and then I would not do fantasy flights.”


Shawn Etemadi



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