Manchester City have completed the signing of Swansea striker Wilfried Bony for an undisclosed fee, both clubs have confirmed.
The reigning English Champions, who were closely pursuing the striker, have acquired the Ivorian on a four year deal.
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 14, 2015
The former Vitesse attacker was excited on securing a transfer to the Etihad, and claimed that compatriot Yaya Toure influenced his move.
Talking to Manchester City’s official website, he said,” The Premier League is a tough league – my power is to always be in the box and in the right position. I’m always working hard to be there to score the goals and to improve.
“I speak with Yaya every day on international duty and I think he will help me to become a better player and a more clinical striker. I’ll be playing with great players here at City and this is an opportunity for me to work hard and to take my chance.”
Bony, who is on National duty at the African Cup of Nations, will be unavailable for his new sides’ selection until after 8 February.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini, a long-standing admirer of the Ivorian hitman, was optimistic about his new signing.
“He is very difficult to mark because he is so strong. He is an intelligent footballer who has skill and power. His goals record has been excellent since he came to England. He adapted very quickly to the game here and I think he will settle in at City quickly.”
“He will be a very good addition to our squad. We now have four top class strikers and I am looking forward to seeing them work together” the Chilean enthused
The Citizens could only secure a move for Bony after young defender Matija Nastasic was offloaded to Schalke. Bony is thought to have penned a contract worth £96,000-a-week, similar to the Serbian centre-back’s wages, which would keep the Champions away from further Financial Fair Play troubles.
Bony signed for the South Wales side from Vitesse in 2013 for a club record £12 million, and since had gone on become an integral part of the club, bagging 25 goals in 54 appearances.
Swansea have thanked the striker for his service to the club, and wished him well for the future.
Bony will take up the squad number 14 at his new club.
Swansea official statement : http://bitly.com/1zbqYse
Manchester City official statement : http://bitly.com/1ybl76j