Fernando Torres to Chelsea, Andy Carroll to Liverpool, Arshavin to Arsenal, we’ve witnessed some mega money January moves in the last five years and reports in the media over the past three days would suggest this window may witness another big splash as Wilfred Bony looks set to move to the Etihad in a deal worth a staggering £30m.
City have been in advanced talks with Swansea over the transfer of the 26-year old, having been keeping touch of his developments at the Liberty for about a month now. He’s been linked with virtually all of the Premier League’s big wigs over the past year and his 20 League goals last Calendar year has made him even hotter property.
With interest from both us and Liverpool waning – perhaps due to his wage demands – City have taken advantage of his desire to move to a Champions League club this month, and will part with £100,000 for the next four years as his wage package, representing a 100% increase on what he currently receives. They are not even bothered that he will be unavailable for about three weeks while on duty at the African Cup of Nations, they’ve simply added more firepower to a forward line that boasts Dzeko and another one-time Arsenal target, Stefan Jovetic.
We’d shown fears of the big Ivorien joining London rivals, Chelsea, with reports linking Mourinho with a swoop for him. The prospect of him combining forces with Costa would be a quite a thing to behold but it doesn’t get any easier with him potentially teeing up with arguably the League’s most consistent striker, Sergio Aguero, not to mention the ever commanding Yaya Toure.
It is a signing that registers City’s intention to make a major statement in the League, Champions League and the FA Cup, and how we would love our club to be taking a similar line. Taking out the factor that makes them more financially buoyant than we are, they show a habit of knowing what they need and simply going out to get it and you would want to see Wenger show the same firmness at times.
There was a time when we had need for Bony and we cannot say we still do with the various forward players going out on loan as well as the likes of Walcott and Ozil who are yet to find their way back into the team. But we need a top-class defender and a defensive midfielder and you wonder how long before both players are spotted, the fees paid and the deal done.
Bony is not world class but his a-goal-in-2-games record at Swansea shows he can surely compliment Aguero and Dzeko, perhaps inkling to the path we should be towing when shopping for our own supplies.
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