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Wilfried Bony deal not yet completed despite Ivory Coast announcement

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Wilfried Bony has completed his move to Manchester City, according to the Ivory Coast Football Federation. Try telling that to the two clubs involved in the move though, who are both telling a very different story.

The 26-year-old is currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Give Me Sport understands that the FIFCI have been somewhat premature in their announcement and that the deal is not yet completed.

Ahead of the game

On Wednesday morning the Ivory Coast Football Federation said [translated]: “Wilfried Bony, Ivory Coast striker, has signed with Manchester City this Wednesday, 14 January 2015.”

But BBC Sport reported that there is still some paperwork to be completed ahead of the Ivorian’s £28 million transfer.

Still not a done deal

Without the formal paperwork being signed and sealed technically Bony is still a Swansea player for the time being, a stance Swansea have been keen to stress with their own emphatic social media post this morning.

Both Swansea City and Manchester City have insisted that Wilfried Bony has not yet completed the £28 million move to the Etihad.

Although it is believed that it is just a matter of time before the deal goes through, the two clubs are likely to be unimpressed with the Ivorian Football Federation for jumping the gun somewhat.

The IVFF have clearly attempted to steal City's thunder here as Bony continues preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations, but their announcement looks premature and the deal has certainly not yet been ratified by the Premier League.

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