With Fernando Torres seemingly destined to leave the club at some point in the near future, Chelsea are reportedly looking into nabbing another striker to add into their squad to partner with Demba Ba.
And according to latest reports, that could be Vitesse Arnhem's Wilfried Bony, who has reportedly fallen across the radar of Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea are planning to hijack West Ham’s £12million move for goal-ace Wilfried Bony. The Hammers thought they were close to agreeing a record-breaking deal to nab him in the summer, but Chelsea see the free-scoring forward as a potential replacement for £50m flop Fernando Torres—and made their move later that day.
Bony, who scored for Ivory Coast in the 3-0 win over Gambia at the weekend, is under contract until 2015 — but is desperate to move to the Premier League. And Chelsea are now in pole position to seal a four-year deal for him worth £80,000 a week.
The Blues have a good relationship with Vitesse, with seven Chelsea youngsters having gone there on loan in the past two seasons.
There is little doubting the 24-year-old striker's talent. He has already drawn praise and comparisons to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
There is also little doubting that the Blues could land Bony if they wanted.
Sky Sports reports that Vitesse Arnhem have resigned themselves to the fact that the striker will leave over the summer and that he will go to a new club—speaking as if a deal between a prospective buyer was already in motion for the transfer window.
The only other clubs reportedly interested in Bony are London rivals West Ham and Fulham—both of whom the Blues could beat in a bidding war.
Thus, if they really wanted, the Blues could sign Bony this summer and could have the Ivory Coast as the longtime partner to Ba at Stamford Bridge.
However, buying Bony would be the wrong move for the Blues to make. Perhaps in a few year's time it would be a good move, but certainly not over this summer transfer window.
First off, Bony has really only had the one good season, and it came in the Dutch Eredivisie. Simply put, one good year shouldn't mean a big transfer.
And having already been burned by the Torres transfer earlier, you'd think that of all clubs, Chelsea should understand that principle very well.
But more importantly, Chelsea don't need to buy someone like Bony, and they would be seriously hindering their squad and chances to bring in other players if they did. That's not to say that Bony wouldn't score some goals, but there are better, more effective options out there for Chelsea to pursue over the summer transfer window..
They have Romelu Lukaku on loan at West Bromwich Albion, who has shown he is more than ready to become the go-to target at the top of the Blues' attack. Partner him with Demba Ba, and you have a very strong duo who will only improve together and individually over the next few years.
A guy like Bony doesn't necessarily fit into that scheme then, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata better equipped to play in a false-nine system.
The Ivory Coast striker would need to be the go-to player at the top of the attack alongside Ba, but the Blues already have Lukaku. And having spent millions on him already—only to not play him—they'd surely be better off pursuing that option this summer transfer window.
If they want to go out and buy a big-name striker, there are plenty of better options to pursue—Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Money isn't going to be an issue for the Blues—especially if they sell Torres—so there's those three (all at different prices) to be considered.
With players like that potentially up for sale, buying a 24-year-old striker whose had one good season in the Dutch Eredivisie just isn't the right move.
Bony is definitely a player to watch for the future, and one to keep an eye out for—especially if he moves and then proves himself in a different league—but it's hard to see him being the best option for the West London club this summer.
I'd say bring back Lukaku and go from there.
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