'Next step for Bony is a top six team' - as agent claims he could've joined Newcastle

Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast

Arsenal and Chelsea are said to have been interested in the player.

The agent of Wilfried Bony has said he is now worth £20 million, a summer after Newcastle United could have signed him for half the price.

Bony had an impressive first season in the Premier League for Swansea City having scored 26 goals in 48 games in all competitions for the Swans

Dalibor Lacina is quoted in FourFourTwo, saying: “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."

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been amongst several Premier League clubs linked with a move for the Ivory Coast international but Lacina also revealed that Newcastle missed out on the chance to sign the player last summer, when Bony opted for a move to South Wales. 

“I spoke to Newcastle about Bony last summer. Newcastle should have bought Bony a year ago, but they didn’t believe in him.

“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."

Arsenal are said to be in the market for a new striker to both provide competition, and to support Olivier Giroud up front, whilst Chelsea are still said to be after improving their forward line with Diego Costa due to join the club from Atletico Madrid this summer. 

Lacina criticised Newcastle for lacking ambition and given how he performed last term, there will be some Newcastle fans wishing the hierachy had sanctioned the offer, in order for them to try and push on in the top half of the Premier League.

Swansea will be determined to keep hold of the 25-year-old they signed from Vitesse Arnhem last summer, but after the season he had they are going to have a fight on their hands. 

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There has been talk of Swansea slapping a £25 million price tag on the player as they look to keep hold of one of their prized assets. Some Swansea fans may be a little worried that his agent is openly talking about a possible move, but he did hint that the forward could stay in South Wales for the foreseeable future if no acceptable offer comes in.

 

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