Manchester City have this afternoon finally confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony, on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee believed to be in the region of £28 million.
Bony's move from Swansea City took longer than expected to confirm, with the man himself jumping the gun by posing for photo's with his new number 14 City shirt earlier today.
City have now finally got their man though, hoping Bony can make sure City's title push does not continue to be blighted by a succession of injuries to star strikers during the second half of the season.
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If the 26-year-old can match his form of nine goals in 20 Premier League games this season then it looks like Manuel Pellegrini's side have pulled off something of a coup to sign Bony in the notoriously difficult January transfer market, sending out a serious statement intent to title rivals Chelsea.
The striker's first interview as a City player saw him wax lyrical about the chance to finally test his skills in the Champions League, with a marquee tie against Barcelona in the last 16 looming large.
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Champions League ambition fulfilled
Bony said: “I think it’s a great decision for me - Manchester City is in the Champions League. You remember at the end of last season I said that if I want to move it will be to a team in the competition because it’s a great tournament that I really want to play in and one that I want to win.
“It’s a motivation for me to give my maximum to be in that place. City is a big club with great players with a lot of experience; I believe we can do it.”
It remains to be seen if Pellegrini has room to keep Bony, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic in his plans for 2015, but given their Argentine talisman's rotten recent luck with injuries City's major January signing is a fantastic insurance policy.
The impending Africa Cup of Nations means Bony will have to wait a little while for his Etihad bow, with a February 21st clash with Newcastle United looking the most likely fixture for that debut at this stage.
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