Following false reports this morning that the deal had been completed Manchester City have finally announced their capture of Swansea star Wilfried Bony, the BBC
The £28m makes the Ivory Coast striker the most expensive African footballer to date – with £25m up front equalling that which City paid for Emmanuel Adebayor, with a further £3m in add-ons taking him past that.
Fans will have to wait until as late as mid-February to get a look at their new signing as he takes on the rest of Africa with his country at the African Cup of Nations.
The player has penned a four year deal with the club and has been given the number 14 short left by midfielder Javi Garcia at the start of the season.
He was the Premier League’s top goals scorer for the calendar year of 2014 while he notched 25 goals in his debut campaign with the Swans.
The South Wales club paid £12m for his services from Vitesse Arnhem and have received almost double their previous record sales income from when they sold Joe Allen to Liverpool in 2012.
Swansea were quick to thank their former charge for his work at the club where he made his Premier League reputation – while also criticising the Ivory Coast Football Federation who had earlier attempted to break the news before either club had agreed to do so.
Bony said of his move: “As a player it’s always good to be part of one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s a good opportunity for me to be in that situation now – I’m really proud.
“I felt excited to wait for this moment and now it’s come, it’s fantastic.
“I think it’s a great decision for me – Manchester City are in the Champions League. It’s a motivation for me to give my maximum to be in that place.”
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