The summer-long speculation over the future of Ivorian striker, Wilfried Bony, will now take a long break as the 26-year old has penned a four-year deal at the Etihad in an agreement that will gain Swansea a total of £28m, including add-ons.
Having only arrived the Premier League in the summer of 2013 for a club record fee of £12m, Bony has scored 25 League goals over the last 18 months to attract the instant interest of the League’s top teams especially Arsenal, as well as Liverpool and Chelsea.
However, City have made a quick move to snap him up this winter, capitalizing on the player’s burning desire to play in the Champions League, and also weekly wage demands of about £140,000 which Liverpool were reportedly unwilling to match during the summer transfer window, when they were still in Europe’s top competition.
With Bony now in their ranks, City boast four of 2014’s five top scorers in the League, a list which includes Aguero, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko. Bony’s record at Swansea stood at 34 goals in 70 games, an average of one goal in every other game, a sign that he might have been good for any other of the top clubs, including Arsenal, if they had shown strong interest.
It is a signing that registers City’s intention to make a major statement in the League, Champions League and the FA Cup, and would it not be brilliant to see Arsenal make such a strong statement of his own? The debates will ring on about the justification for such a high fee but a look through how Bony has adapted himself to the League over the course of less than two seasons will make any arguments against such a fee less intense.
Arsenal do not have a need for a striker as there are enough attacking talents in the team that some even have to be either sent out on loan or be sold outright. That said, there are gaps begging to be filed within the squad and Gooners will be desperate to see the club show as much determination as City has shown by identifying the right player and doing the necessary on time.
Bony will not be able to make his City debut till mid-February when he returns from International duty with Ivory Coast who will be involved in the African Cup of Nations but it did not hinder them trying to tie up the deal before the tournament actually begins on Saturday – his medical was done in Abu Dhabi where Les Elephants were having their training camp.
Defensive reinforcements remain the Gunners most pressing need and there has been no shortage of names mentioned as possible options. Bony was a key man for Swansea and they may have loathed to let him go, but a strong fee gave them no choice. Perhaps, Arsenal should do the trick of Southampton and Morgan Schneiderlin. Don’t you think?
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