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City stalling over Bony asking price

Richard Jolly | ESPN FC
January 7, 2015
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop believes Wilfried Bony would be a good signing for Manchester City

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony's move to Manchester City has hit a stumbling block because the clubs cannot agree a fee for the Ivorian.

ESPN sources understand Swansea are hoping to get £30 million for the 26-year-old, who was the Premier League's top scorer in the calendar year 2014 with 20 goals, while City are yet to offer that much.

City's position is complicated after being restricted to a £49m net spend for the financial year by UEFA as part of their punishment for breaching the European governing body's financial fair play regulations

In the summer, Manuel Pellegrini's side spent £40m on Eliaquim Mangala, £12m on Fernando and an initial £4.4m on Willy Cabellero.

While they recouped money through the departures of Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell and Gareth Barry, it remains to be seen if they are willing and able to pay £30m for Bony.

Personal terms are expected to be a formality if the two clubs can agree a fee for the former Vitesse Arnhem forward, who scored 25 goals in his first season at the Liberty Stadium.

While Tottenham are also reportedly interested in Bony, with suggestions they could offer Kyle Naughton and Tom Carroll in part-exchange, they are yet to contact Swansea.

Bony might not be available to play for City, should they sign him, or Swansea, if no deal is agreed, until the middle of February as he is joining up with Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations.

Bony became Swansea's record signing when they paid £12m for him in 2013 and his sale, especially at £30m, would smash the club record for an outgoing player, currently held by Joe Allen, who commanded a £15m fee when he joined Liverpool in 2012.

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