Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has set Wilfried Bony admirers’ hearts a-pitter-patter with his admission that “if a top Champions League club comes in, and puts the right offer on the table, then of course we will speak to him.”
Liverpool are 3/1 second-favourites to employ idiosyncratic sartorial stylist Bony on the second of September, with Tottenham next most likely to lure him from South Wales in the eyes of the bwin odds moguls at 7/1.
However he remains 3/10 to be running out at the Liberty Stadium come the end of the transfer tunnel and that’s exactly where he’ll stay if he has any sense.
Signing on at White Hart Lane, would pit the Ivory Coast World Cup star against Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane for what will likely be a single centre-forward role if Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton tenure is anything to go by.
Even with the Europa League shop window offering him time to shine, switching to Spurs would arguably hinder rather than aid his Champions League ambitions.
Having shelled out the big bucks, the notoriously hard bargaining Lilywhites could hardly be expected to relinquish Bony to a bigger fish without a massive fuss were he to perpetrate another pulsating campaign.
Liverpool can offer instant elite European football and on the face of it there’s less competition for a starting berth with only Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert to barge aside.
However, on the back of a 24-strike campaign Sturridge will arguably be harder to depose than any one of Tottenham’s trio of would be line-leaders.
Neither club offer the ideal environment for a man aiming to build upon a debut Premier League campaign that while promising, left the feeling that there would be more to come in 2014/15.
Staying at Swansea would allow Bony to continue his acclimatisation and development in an atmosphere that has already proved a nurturing one, rather than moving on to new and potentially hazardous surroundings.
Furthermore, with Michu on an extended jaunt to Naples and the four other forwards on the books unable to garner a league goal between them last term, there’s no doubting who’s the daddy at the Liberty Stadium.