Report: £130,000-a-week Manchester City player close to joining PL rivals
By Aramide Oladipo
Manchester City striker Wilfred Bony is close to agreeing a deal to re-sign for Swansea City this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Swansea manager Paul Clement believes that the 28-year-old will be the perfect candidate to replace the outgoing Gylfi Sigurdsson who is set to join fellow Premier League side Everton.
The newspaper reports that the deal to bring the Ivorian back to the Liberty Stadium could be worth £13million.
The report claims that the Swans believe that Bony, who is reportedly earning a weekly salary of £130,000 at City, can add goals to their team as they look to ease their relegation fears.
New City boss Pep Guardiola sent the striker out on loan to Stoke City last season but he failed to make break into the starting line up, making a total of 11 appearances in all competitions.
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Since securing a £28million move to the Etihad Stadium two years ago, Bony has struggled to feature in the first-team with managers deciding to opt for City talisman Sergio Aguero as the lone man up front.
The striker has still managed to contribute with 11 goals and seven assists in 46 appearances in Manchester.
Bony’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium runs out in 2019.
Football Insider verdict
This deal seems to be the perfect situation for all parties involved. Bony will surely not feature for City this season with Aguero and Gabriel Jesus expected to lead the line for the club so he needs to secure a move away in order to reignite his career. The Ivorian was one of the best strikers in the league when he was plying his trade at Swansea from 2013-15 and the club could seriously use a goalscorer like Bony to help them avoid the drop this season. Selling playmaker Sigurdsson is a massive loss for the Swans but if they can complete a deal to bring back Bony, it could help soften the blow.
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