Premier League giants Manchester City will undergo a makeover under new boss Pep Guardiola, with reducing the numbers in his squad being the utmost priority for the Spaniard.
Quality rather than quantity has always been his philosophy while managing Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and his City tenure won't be any different.
Though some big names are being speculated to arrive, a number of current stars are set to depart the Etihad Stadium with Wilfried Bony being on top of the exodus list.
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The Ivorian striker has been deemed surplus to requirements at the club and is currently considering his options elsewhere.
According to The Sun, Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray are in talks with the English top-flight side for the services of Bony in the upcoming season.
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Although the Citizens want to offload the forward permanently, Galatasaray want an initial year-long loan move with the option of a permanent deal the following summer. It's reported that the loan deal could cost them around £3 million.
If they successfully secure his signature for the upcoming season, the Super Lig outfit would then be in pole position to land him permanently this time next year, but as long as they cough up £17m.
Bony failed to replicate his sublime form at Swansea City after his £25million switch to the former Premier League champions 18 months ago, struggling under previous manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Last season, he managed to score only four league goals alongside three assists, starting 13 games out of the total 26 matches he featured in, as per Transfermarkt.com.
However, he redeemed some form in the Champions League as he netted three goals and as many assists in five outings.
Galatasaray director of football Cenk Ergun has flown to Manchester to negotiate the deal with City officials, who are inclined to do business and complete the transfer before moving for their own targets.
The former Swansea star’s move to Turkey will leave Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Iheanacho, and new signing Nolito, competing for first-team places at City.
Bony is still among the top footballers hailing from Ivory Coast, and a move away from England could help him regain the form for which he was renowned for during his Vitesse Arnhem and Swansea days.
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