Manchester City close to Wilfried Bony deal

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Swansea City look set to cash in on Wilfried Bony during this January's transfer window. Manchester City appear set to sign the Ivorian forward, who has scored Premier League goals in his last 14 appearances, and finished as Swansea's top goalscorer last season

Swas manager Garry Monk has stated it would take an "astronomical" fee to prise their £12 million record signing from the Liberty Stadium, therefore it is claimed that Bony would command a fee of more than double that.

However, the fact that the striker is set to feature Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations would be a short term hindrance to any club's immediate plans.

Move would hurt Manchester City rivals

Manchester City's move would come as a blow to the likes of Liverpool who are in need of a proven goalscorer if they are to rescue their season.

It leaves very little alternatives for the Merseyside club if they want to sign an in form Premier League forward, with Aston Villa unlikely to sell Christian Benteke due to a likely relegation battle. Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Bony, but the good form of youngster Harry Kane has made any move unlikely.

If City were successful in signing the striker, it would be a huge statement of intent to their rivals for the Premier League title Chelsea. They would have a replacement of the highest quality for the frequently injured Sergio Aguero.

Bony not indispensable

Bony signed for the Welsh club in July 2013 and has gone on to score 34 goals in 70 appearances, however the current strength of the Swansea squad means the sale of Bony would perhaps not prove terminal to their season.

Bafétimbi Gomis has proved a capable replacement for the club at times this season. He scored the winner against Arsenal in November. That combined with the massive fee that the sale of Bony would command, would enable the Welsh club to suitably replace the forward.

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