Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has sealed a mega-money move to Manchester City, despite reported interest from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool.
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Bony Deal Confirmed
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Champions City confirmed the capture of Bony on Wednesday with the following tweet:
BBC Sport previously claimed the deal was worth in the region of £30 million:
Garry Monk Discusses Bony's Potential Departure
Thursday, Jan. 8
Swansea manager Garry Monk discussed Bony's potential move away from the Welsh club, according to Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News:
There are talks between clubs and at this moment in time it’s ongoing.
It is what it is right now. But unless an agreement is made and club are happy, it remains ongoing.
I don’t know the inner details. They have talked about fees but whether they are close or far apart is unclear at moment.
But whatever happens it is important it reaches valuation Swansea hold. Clubs will have to meet a valuation not just for Bony but for any player.
Monk told reporters he wouldn't prevent the star striker from leaving, according to Bajkowski:
Of course you’re disappointed if top players go because you don’t want to lose any of them—but I understand his ambitions and what he wants to do.
This is what happens, this is the world we live in. It’s nothing new or out of ordinary and Wilf has himself shown how committed he has been.
There are discussions but it’s not a sideways, backward step, it’s not about money, it’s about football.
He wants to prove himself at highest level and it would be unfair for me to ever hold someone back in career as well. But it all comes back to club. If they feel it is the right time and amount for player then it gets done.
Bony's Agent Claims City Deal Imminent
Wednesday, Jan. 7
According to Sky Sports (via ESPNFC), Wilfried Bony's agent claimed a deal with Manchester City could be done within days:
The striker is on his way to the African Nations Cup, but agent Francis Kacou told Sky Sports News at the airport: 'We are in talks and we hope it will happen. There are rumours about other teams, but City are the only ones interested. There are a few minor hold-ups over money, but we are confident we can do a deal in the next few days.'
Bony himself was cagey over the deal:
Asked if there was anything to report, he said: 'Not yet but negotiations are ongoing. It is good to hear [of City's interest]. Football is like that. But for now I want to focus on the national team.'
Manchester City Reportedly Agree to Bony Terms
Tuesday, Jan. 6
According to a report from Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror, Manchester City have agreed to terms to acquire Wilfried Bony:
Manchester City have agreed a whopping £30 million fee with Swansea for striker Wilfried Bony.
The 26-year-old Ivory Coast star is expected to sign a four-year deal worth £100,000-a-week.
However, Gareth Vincent of the South Wales Evening Post reports that the two teams have only held talks, not agreed to a deal.
Bony a Target for City, Real Madrid
Tuesday, Jan. 6
Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is keen to join a club playing in the Champions League after Manchester City and Real Madrid showed an interest, writes Matt Law in The Daily Telegraph.
Bony only signed a new contract at the Liberty Stadium in November, per Swansea's official website, but speculation still surrounds his future.
Sky Sports' Bryan Swanson further fueled the speculation that Bony could be heading to City in the January window:
The Ivory Coast international has scored 34 goals in 70 appearances for Swansea since his move from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013, per WhoScored.com. He has also scored three times in two games against Premier League champions City.
When rumours of City's interest in Bony first appeared last week, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post there had been no approaches:
It's just speculation. As of yet we haven't got anything to consider. Players move around, that's a fact of life. The one thing I've learned over time is never say never in football. But officially, at the moment, we haven't had any contact from Manchester City or anyone else about Wilfried.
Swansea boss Garry Monk certainly doesn't want to lose a player who is due to play in the Africa Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast.
"I can't afford to lose players," Monk told the Daily Mail after last weekend's FA Cup win at Tranmere. "We haven't got a big squad as it is, but what we do have is quality. I am looking to add, I'm not looking to lose any players."
It is easy to see why Manchester City are interested in Bony. He was the top Premier League scorer in 2014 with 20 goals for a start.
Former Wales international Iwan Roberts is certainly an admirer of Bony, telling Rob Westall of the BBC:
Since I first set eyes on him I've been a massive fan of his. His strength, his first touch, his ability to hold the ball up and bring other players into the game, I don't think there's anybody better in the Premier League in doing that than Wilfried Bony. He's not the tallest but he's very strong in the air-he can score all types of goals.
Law reports that any deal for Bony is likely to cost £50 million, with £30 million as a transfer fee and Bony wanting a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week.
For Manchester City, that could have Financial Fair Play implications. Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in September, per Samuel Stevens of The Independent, that Alvaro Negredo was allowed to join Valencia on loan due to FFP.
Negredo's departure left City with just three senior strikers. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are currently injured, though, and Stevan Jovetic has only just returned to fitness.
And with Bony likely to be away for at least the next month due to the Africa Cup of Nations, now may not seem the best time for City to move for the striker.
Staying at Swansea for the rest of this season would appear to be the logical outcome due to Bony's current international absence. If he continues his goal ratio for Swansea, then more clubs will surely be interested in the summer.