Swansea City are looking to bring Wilfried Bony back to the club and end his nightmare spell at Manchester City. The Mirror report that the Swans are interested in a cut-price deal for the striker, who has struggled during the last 12 months. He had an underwhelming season on loan at Stoke City and there has been minimal interest in his services.
The Ivorian remains with Manchester City, but there isn’t a place for him there and he needs to leave before the end of the transfer window. Pep Guardiola will be open to a possible sale, even if it means that the club makes a loss on the player. Bony joined the club for a fee of £30 million and he has never come close to living up to that fee, but he has had previous success in South Wales. It could be the perfect solution for all three parties.
What would he bring to the Liberty Stadium?
They say never go back, but Swansea will believe they are signing a known quantity if they complete a deal to bring Bony back to the club. The player will know the facilities and a lot of the playing squad, while the club know the strengths and weaknesses of the striker. There will be no surprises and that makes him attractive at this stage of the window. A lot of Premier League clubs are scrambling for players and there is a greater risk of making a mistake. That would be much reduced with this deal.
Bony was an excellent Premier League striker during his time with Swansea and there will be hopes that he can reach that level again. After a couple of disappointing seasons, it will be tough to get back to his best, but he could still be a useful player for the Swans. He is a powerful presence and his movement causes problems for defenders. In terms of his finishing, he is an accomplished finisher with both feet and his head. It would be a low-risk move to provide competition for Fernando Llorente and it would be difficult to criticise the deal if the finances are reasonable.
How likely is a deal?
This certainly has the feel of a deal that could go through late in the window, as clubs start to scramble to get players off their books. Even a club like Manchester City will want to offload players to lower their wage bill and that will become a priority as the window draws to a close. Swansea need to sign a few players and they could have money to spend if Gylfi Sigurdsson leaves. It would be a deal that would go down well with the supporters as they had a good rapport with Bony when he previously played for the club.