Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool may miss out on this long term transfer target once the forward signs new deal with current club…
Arsenal and Liverpool could be set to miss out on long term transfer target Wilfried Bony, with Swansea manager Garry Monk confident he will sign a new contract with the club, according to the South Wales Evening Post.
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The Welsh club are looking to open discussions with the Ivorian striker in the coming weeks, looking to extend an already lengthy contract.
Bony still has nearly three years to run on his current five year contract which he penned in 2013, but Monk believes an extension now would not only prove his loyalty to the club, but would ward off any potential suitors as well.
“We haven’t had any talks as yet, but a new contract for Wilfried is something the club would like to sort out,” said Monk.
“It would show that all the question marks that were surrounding him over the summer have been put to bed. Players who play for me have to show a certain level of commitment to the club and hopefully Wilfried’s one of them.”
There were a number of clubs sniffing around the Swansea striker over the summer, including Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool. And with the former Vitesse man reportedly having a £20m buyout clause in his current contract, Swansea are keen to remove or increase that clause so that they can at the very least get a decent price for their prize asset if he decides to move.
“I am not naive enough to say there will be no interest — you will always get that with a player like Wilfried,” Monk continued.
“But you have to remember that unless the deal is right for Swansea City, no player will be sold.”
An extension on Bony’s current contract on top of an increased buyout clause would massively strengthen Swansea’s position in any future transfer negotiations, so the Premier League side will be keen to get things sorted as soon as possible.