Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Swansea’s Wilfried Bony For Less Than Spurs And Liverpool Bought Him For
TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express reveals that Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are in for “£19m target Wilfried Bony”. The headline ends a little esoterically: “CONFIRMS interest.”
So. David Wright says Bony has confirmed that the three clubs were interested in him. Only, he didn’t. All he said was:
“There were some chances (that I might leave). I waited and nothing happened…”
No bid was made for Bony, said Sky Sports. Bony makes no mention of Spurs, Arsenal nor Liverpool.
It’s no-news being presented as news. And it follows a theme because back in July the South Wales Evening News reported that Liverpool were not intersted in Bony.
That paper added:
Monaco, Roma and Borussia Dortmund are among the Continental teams who were said to be keen.
Any of them bid for Bony? No.
And there was the Mirror, which declared in August:
Tottenham plot £45m transfer splurge on Morgan Schneiderlin and Wilfried Bony
News was that Spurs had valued Schneiderlin at £20m; meaning they had earmarked £25m for Bony. But the Express says Bony is avalable for £19m.
The Mail said Spurs were going to bid £18m and wer batlting Liverpool for the player.
No fewer than two Mirror journalists – Steve Stammers, Dave Kidd – added:
He didn’t. He scored 25 goals in his firsst season with Swansea.
And the South Wales Evening Post told us that:
It is understood the striker’s Swansea contract features a release clause of around £20 million.
Which no one bid. But now, as the Express says, you can have him for £19m.
Of course, lots of balls can be about tlaking up a player’s value. The Mirror:
…his agent, Dalibor Lacina, has declared that, having told Newcastle they should have signed him last summer for £10million, his client is now looking for a move “to a club with ambition.”
“I spoke to Newcastle about Bony last summer. Newcastle should have bought Bony a year ago but they didn’t believe in him,” he told The Shields Gazette.
“They could have signed him for £10 million, but they said they weren’t sure if he was good enough, that he was only playing in Holland [with Vitesse]. Now he is worth £20m.
“The next step for Bony is a top-six team in England or a top team in Germany, Spain or France, or he will stay with Swansea.
“We have a certain strategy. Bony is in a totally different place to Newcastle and wants to move to a club with ambition.”
And finally, the Express sys he’s worth £24m.
Such are the facts…