Manchester City have made a tentative approach to sign Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, but may well be put off by a staggering £50 million total cost to bring the Ivory Coast international to the Etihad Stadium.
Bony would cost at least £30 million up if City are serious about finding a solution to their shortage of fit centre-forwards, plus the luxury of a four-year deal worth at least £5m each season to take on the pressure of playing for Manuel Pellegrini's side.
That is according to The Telegraph, who think that City are seriously interested in landing a proven Premier League goalscorer, but believe Swansea hold are in a very strong negotiating position after getting their star man to sign a new contract just six weeks ago.
Swansea hold all the cards
Bony is now tied to the Swans until 2016, with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins managing to agree terms on a deal which removed the £19 million release clause in his original contract.
The 26-year-old has been deadly in the Premier League again this season, scoring eight times in 19 games to attract City interest which has come as something as a bolt from the Blue. Arsenal and Liverpool have also previously courted the talented forward, who could yet get the chance to prove his worth in the Champions League in 2015 if City get their way.
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'Discreet' enquiries have been made
City director of football Txiki Begiristain was at Swansea's clash with Liverpool on Monday night to made a personal check on Bony, following up that scout mission with a transfer enquiry that The Telegraph have described as 'discreet' in nature.
There's no question that City need another striker to be confident of matching Chelsea stride for stride until the end of the season, primarily because Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic have all struggled to stay fit over the last six weeks.
Bony fits the bill but won't come cheap, with a deal made even more unlikely by the lingering threat of Financial Fair Play sanctions hanging over City, plus Bony's participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
That competition means even if Bony signed for City he wouldn't be able to make his debut until early February at the earliest, so file this particular piece of transfer speculation as one to monitor rather than get overly excited about before the January window opens.