Liverpool’s proposed move for Wilfried Bony could be in trouble with Swansea City demanding more than the £19m buy-out clause for the player.
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Swansea City are playing with a very hard ball over the potential transfer of striker Wilfried Bony to Liverpool, with the Mirror reporting that Swansea City are demanding more than the player’s reported £19 million buy-out clause.
The powerful striker has been earmarked by Brendan Rodgers as the Reds look to prepare for life after Luis Suarez, with the arrival of Bony potential set to mark a change in the way that Liverpool set up their team.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is reported to be furious with the striker’s representatives for looking to engineer the transfer, however, and is willing to play Liverpool at their own game by ignoring the player’s apparent £19m release clause.
Liverpool pulled a similar trick last summer when Arsenal bid £40m plus £1 for Suarez, with owner John W. Henry simply refusing to acknowledge the clause’s existence until after the transfer saga was over and Suarez was still a Liverpool player.
The Anfield club have now pocketed a fee in the region of £75m for Suarez and Bony is one of many players who they could spend their windfall on, with the former Vitesse Arnhema striker and Ivory Coast international having enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League last season.
A fee in the region of £20m would be a huge investment for the player after just one season in a major European league, however, and the Reds will be mindful of the transfer issues that Tottenham Hotspur had when spending large fees last summer.