Manchester City close to securing Wilfried Bony deal

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Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has confirmed talks are ongoing over a proposed £30 million move to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Bony and his agent revealed there were a number of small details to be settled, but the duo remained hopeful of a deal being concluded sooner rather than later.

City have targeted the Ivorian striker after he scored 20 Premier League goals in 2014, making him the highest scoring Premier League player over the course of the calendar year, beating nearest rival; and potential future teammate, Sergio Aguero by four goals.

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While that form has alerted City, it's also increased his value, and Swansea are expected to demand around £30million for a man who had previously had a buy-out clause of around £20 million before signing a new contract in November.

Should City meet the Swans' asking price it'll see the Welsh side make a staggering £18million profit, having signed Bony from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013.

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Manchester City's need for another top level striker was highlighted over the Christmas period, when an injury crisis saw all three senior front-men sidelined, and Manuel Pellegrini has identified Bony as his number one target.

Small details

Bony and his agent, Francis Kacou, spoke to Sky Sports shortly before the 26-year-old flew out to Abu Dhabi to meet up with his Ivory Coast teammates ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

Asked if the City deal would be finalised, Kacou said: "Yes, it looks like it. Talks are going on but we hope, soon, things will happen."

"Yes, it looks like it. Talks are going on but we hope, soon, things will happen"

"There are rumours about other things but it is City at the moment.There are some small details about money but I think things will be all right in a few days.

“I’m flying with him to Abu Dhabi and let’s see what will happen.”

European lure

Should a deal be completed, Pellegrini would have to consider dropping someone from his current Champions League squad in order to make space for Bony, who revealed the lure of European football's premier competition was hard to resist.

"It is good to hear," Bony said of Manchester City's interest in him. He added: "Every
player wants to play Champions League, it is a wish of every player. So, if you get that opportunity ...?

"The discussions are still going on and now I am going to join my national team, so I will just focus on that.

"I’m just taking things step by step. Now, it is just national team. I am waiting like you.”

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