Crystal Palace chasing £25m ace, could have knock-on effect for Liverpool

Crystal Palace are interested in Manchester City outcast Wilfried Bony with the Citizens keen to cash in on him, according to reports from The Times.

The Ivory Coast international joined the Citizens back in January 2015, but despite arriving in a £25m deal, that could rise to £28m, from Swansea with a solid goalscoring record and a decent reputation, the 27-year-old has failed to make any real impact at the Etihad Stadium.

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And now reports claim that, with John Stones signed for a fee approaching £50m, Man City boss Pep Guardiola is eager to move Bony on as part of his rebuild, and to raise funds, with Palace interested.

The African star, despite having only netted four goals last term, could be the proven striker the Eagles are seeking to lead their line, which might have a knock-on effect in their Christian Benteke pursuit.

It’s understood that Liverpool are looking to get rid of the Belgian, with Palace one of the more interested parties.

It seems unlikely, even with the vast pools of cash in the Premier League, the south London club can move for both Bony and Benteke.

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