Wilfried Bony latest: Swansea City yet to receive 'one offer' for striker, says Garry Monk
Has been linked with numerous clubs this summer
Wednesday 27 August 2014
Swansea manager Garry Monk is yet to receive an offer for Wilfried Bony with the transfer window just five days away from closing.
During the summer Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and a number of other Premier League clubs have all been linked with the Ivorian striker but he could remain in South Wales for the foreseeable future.
"We haven't had one offer for Bony," Monk said. "It hasn't worried me, the speculation didn't concern me because we had it with others like Ashley Williams over the years and it's the way it is."
Bony, 25, scored 16 goals in the Premier League and 25 in all competitions in his first season at the club after a £12million move from Vitesse Arnhem.
He continued his good form into the World Cup, where he scored two goals in three matches for an Ivory Coast team that failed to make it past the group stages.
That prompted speculation that clubs, led by Liverpool and Tottenham were interested, while Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins admitted last month that the club would be willing to listen to the right offers.
"If a top Champions League club comes in, and puts the right offer on the table, then of course we will speak to him,” Jenkins said at the end of July.
"There are no issues with Bony. He’s a great guy to have around the club. As much as we want players to stay with us for a number of years, we have to be open."
Swansea moved for former Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis this summer bringing the sometime French international in on a free transfer.
Gomis, 29, scored his first goal for the club in the Capital One Cup win over Rotherham on Tuesday night, but Monk insisted he has not been brought in as a replacement for Bony.
"It's definitely not the case that he's his replacement," Monk said about the powerful striker.
"I don't think it's about pressure on Bony. Through the season we'll see different things: they'll play as lone strikers, they'll play as a pair, use them in different ways.
"It's not a competition between them but obviously we want them all to push each other and every striker will want to be top scorer.
"But it's about them working together which they've done very well in pre-season and been great with each other on the training field."
Additional reporting by PA
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