Wilfried Bony
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Liverpool have suffered a massive blow in their ongoing pursuit of Wilfried Bony after Garry Monk claimed Swansea City will not let their star player leave the club this summer.

The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a move to Anfield since the Merseyside club allowed last season's top scorer Luis Suarez to join Barcelona. Brendan Rodgers has reportedly set his sights on Bony to fill in the void left by the departure of the former Ajax man.

The Welsh club's manager says Bony is committed to Swansea's project and is already looking impressive during their pre-season campaign.

"No, nothing, it's exactly the same as it was at the start of the summer. Speculation will always be speculation," Bony told talkSPORT.

"The good thing for us is that we're in control of everything, no player will leave unless we decide it and we think it's good for the club."

"And from Wilfried's performances throughout our pre-season campaign I think you can see exactly how committed he is to Swansea City," Swansea manager stressed.

The Reds currently have England international duo Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as the first choice striker, despite the signing of Divock Origi, who will return to his former club Lille on a season-long loan.

However, Liverpool could still manage to sign Bony in the ongoing transfer window. The striker's agent Dalibor Lacina has admitted his client is keen on featuring in the Champions League next season, but has also expressed the 25-year-old's desire to play in the Bundesliga.

"Wilfried is out to play in a European club competition as much as he is out to play in a big European league. The Bundesliga is a league tempting to Wilfried. He would fit the bill at Wolfsburg," Lacina told Wolfsburger Nachrichten as reported by Sky Sports.