Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony close to Swansea return

According to a report from the BBC this afternoon, Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony is closer than ever to a return to former club Swansea City.

Successful spell

Bony spent two prolific seasons at the Liberty Stadium between 2013 and 2015, notching 26 Premier League goals in 54 appearances.

Unsurprisingly, the powerful Ivorian’s impressive exploits quickly attracted some of England’s biggest clubs, with Manchester City splashing out an initial £25 million on the striker in the summer of 2015.

Disappointment

Bony’s spell in Manchester has been a thoroughly different experience, though, with the African managing just 6 league goals in his debut campaign, before another unsuccessful spell on loan at Stoke City in 2016/17 saw the striker score just 2 goals across all competitions.

Welsh return?

As a result, it has long been rumoured that Bony has become very much surplus to requirements at the Etihad, with the 28-year-old not fitting into manager Pep Guardiola’s plans moving forward.

And, as per the aforementioned report from the BBC this afternoon, the striker now looks closer than ever to securing a move back to Swansea.

The Swans have been heavily linked with a move for their former fan-favourite all summer, though City’s reported £20 million price-tag had seen Paul Clement’s side back out of negotiations.

However, the Citizens have reportedly dropped their demands considerably, with Bony’s move back to Wales expected to be complete before the close of the transfer window next week.

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