Everton and Arsenal are reportedly battling it out to sign Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony.
Bony, 27, has found it hard to settle at the Etihad Stadium following his $36 million move from Swansea City in January 2015. The Ivorian striker has scored just six goals in 36 Premier League appearances for City and new manager Pep Guardiola has made him available for transfer.
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According to the Daily Star, Arsenal will bid $38 million for Bony who scored 26 PL goals in 54 appearances for Swansea. With Arsene Wenger‘s pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette stalling due to Lyon demanding over $55 million for the French striker. Bony would represent a cheaper option to provide competition for Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck, especially while the latter is out with yet another long-term injury. Up front is an area where Arsenal really need to strengthen if they’re going to challenge for the title this season.
As for Everton, their star man Romelu Lukaku continues to be linked with a massive move to Chelsea and following the sale of John Stones to Manchester City the Toffees certainly have some cash to spend. Yet, the Sun believes that Everton could make a $21 million move for Bony, as Koeman looks to totally revamp his attacking unit with Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie also reported to be close to a $32 million move to Goodison.
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So, there’s a big price discrepancy here. At $21 million, Bony would be well worth it even if his wages are a little lumpy. Both Everton and Arsenal need a clinical finisher and if Bony gets back to his best, then we all know what he is capable of in the PL.
USMNT youngster Matt Miazga is on the verge of a loan move to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, according to Sport Bild in Germany.
Miazga, 21, started two Premier League games for Chelsea towards the end of last season under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink. He shone against Aston Villa during his debut but was hauled off at half time as Chelsea lost to Swansea City in a game he’d rather forget. That proved that Miazga perhaps needs regular minutes elsewhere in Europe before being considered for Chelsea’s first team and the former New York Red Bulls standout could get that chance at Frankfurt.
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Expected to battle against relegation in Germany’s top-flight, there will certainly be plenty of defending for Miazga to do if the move goes through. It won’t be the easiest situation as a youngster to come into but at this stage in his development he needs to be playing competitively somewhere rather than playing for Chelsea’s U-21 side and occasionally warming the bench for the first team.
Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte has spoken highly of Miazga after seeing him train during preseason but he also stated that the young U.S. defender needs minutes under his belt to develop.