Michael Owen has questioned Manchester City’s proposed transfer for Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony – citing the Ivorian’s lack of pace as a reason why he won’t make an impact with the champions.
Manchester City reportedly submitted a £30 million bid for the 26-year-old earlier this week after a stellar calendar year where he scored 21 Premier League goals – more than anyone else in the division.
Bony’s agent, Francis Kacou, told Sky Sports on Wednesday that he believes a deal will be completed in the coming days and that nobody else has been in the frame for his signature.
But former England striker Michael Owen has cited the striker’s lack of mobility as the main reason why he should not make the move to the Etihad.
“He is top class, but he doesn’t strike me as a City-type player. I am just not certain he has the mobility to star at The Etihad,” he told Sportlobster.
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Owen off the mark
Manchester City boasts a very quick roster this term with the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Jesus Navas all impressing with their agility.
Owen’s comments do seem a little off the mark though given the relative success that Edin Dzeko has had at Eastlands despite being as slow as, if not slower, than Bony.
And if City midfielder Frank Lampard has demonstrated anything since his loan move to the Etihad it is that the best players don’t necessarily need to be lightning fast to find and exploit space – something that Bony has been doing instinctively during his time in South Wales.
Swansea City boss Garry Monk has recently insisted that Manuel Pellegrini will not get his hands on the player unless he meets the £30 million valuation of Bony.
Should the deal go through it would smash the Swans’ transfer record of £15 million paid for Joe Allen in 2012 and - would represent a significant profit after Bony signed for the club for just £13 million in 2013.