Newcastle United were interested in Wilfried Bony last year, and at the time he was with Dutch club Vitesse, but he was eventually sold to Swansea for a whopping £13M, and we think that fee is what put Newcastle off last summer.
Wilfried Bony – 25 year-old Swansea striker
While at Vitesse for two and a half seasons he played in 77 games, and scored 58 goals and had 18 assists, and in his first season in the Premier League he scored 16 goals in 34 appearances.
And in all games for Swansea last season he scored 25 goals in 48 appearances, and it’s no wonder that a number of clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United are said to be interested in the player.
But it appears that so far this summer there have been no official bids for the 25 year-old Ivory Coast striker, and new Swansea manager Garry Monk has said the following about his top player:
“There have been lots of stories, but we’ve had absolutely zero contact from anyone about Wilf and the fact is that as a club, we don’t care anyway.” “We don’t want to lose Wilf. We want him to stay with us and for him to be part of our future and the fact is that he is under contract.”
“He is our player so it will be down to us to decide whether he stays or not.” “There is always going to be speculation about someone who scored as many goals as Wilf did last season.”
“It’s a part of football that when a player does well, he will be linked with other clubs.” “But Wilf is our player, so all the speculation doesn’t matter.”
It’s interesting that Gary juggles the facts that nobody has come in for him - but that they also want to keep him at the club.
There was news a few weeks ago that the transfer fee on Bony’s head is now £19M, and since £13M seemed to scare Newcastle off last summer, we’re not sure Mike Ashley will be willing to pay £19M for Wilfried, who showed last season he was one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
Now if Newcastle had some real ambition they would be in there right now with say an initial bid of around £16M for Wilfried – and we certainly have the cash available, the only thing we don’t have is the will to spend it on some very good players.
But we will not be doing that.
However, Newcastle could still end up by having some decent players brought in before September rolls around – but they will have to be very good value, and also not very expensive.
That’s the way things are done at Newcastle these days.