Manchester City are in talks with Swansea City over Wilfried Bony – but the Welsh club has insisted that there is still no official offer on the table from the Premier League Champions.
According to the South Wales Evening Post, Manchester City made direct contact with the club via Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins to discuss the possibility of a transfer.
The club continues to insist that there are no guarantees whether he will stay in South Wales or move elsewhere – but they do expect a formal offer to arrive in the next few days.
It is claimed the Swans have “have no desire or financial need to sell Bony” and the outcome of the deal is likely to lie with player himself who has seemed reticent to leave Swansea in the past.
The Ivorian international was the top Premier League goal scorer in 2014 with a total of 21 goals for the Swans.
His persistent goal scoring helped the South Wales side avoid relegation last season and have seen them soar up the table in the current campaign.
Interest in Bony during the summer was high with Liverpool and Spurs thought to have been the favourites to lure him away from the Liberty Stadium at that stage.
Big money on offer
But the Swans were able to hold on to him, which may prove to be a good bit of business as his continued goalscoring form has since his valuation increase and the suitors become wealthier.
Manchester City’s rumoured £30 million bid for the striker would smash Swansea’s record transfer sale, which is currently the £15 million received for Joe Allen’s move to Liverpool in 2012.
Should the deal go through, Bony will not be the first Swansea player to earn a move to the Etihad Stadium following a rise to fame at the Liberty Stadium.
In 2012 Swansea midfielder Scott Sinclair moved to Manchester for £8 million but the switch proved to be detrimental to his career.
Bony’s quality should help him avoid extended periods on the bench though and with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko still out with injuries he will potentially have a few games to stamp his authority in a sky blue shirt.
But Swansea would be left in something of a tight spot offensively should he leave the club with only Bafetimbi Gomis and loanee Nelson Oliviera available to fill his shoes.
And they are not a club that likes to make a habit of splashing the cash in moments of panic – a scenario that often faces clubs who sell their star players in the stressful January transfer window.