Confirmed: Wilfried Bony signs for Stoke City on season-long loan deal
Wilfried Bony is finally on the move after he has fallen down the pecking order under new manager Pep Guardiola. Bony had a medical today and has agreed to a season-long loan move.
Bony will be right in contention to start for the Potters against the Spurs immediately after the international break.
Pep Guardiola had made it quite clear that he doesn’t see the Ivorian in his future scheme of things at the Etihad and the striker was allowed to leave. He has been unused by Guardiola in all the five matches City have won so far this season.
Bony played second fiddle to Sergio Aguero and could never displace the Argentinian from the starting XI. The rise of Kelechi Iheanacho in the set up made it worse for Bony.
Stoke is believed to be taking care of his entire wage of £120k per week and will be paying around £2 million as part of the loan fee. Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been desperate to land a striker in this transfer window and was trying hard to bring in Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion.
However, the negotiations broke down and with City trying to offload Bony from their squad the task has been easy for mark Hughes.
Bony arrived from Swansea City in a £28 million transfer fee amidst huge expectations. But the striker failed to establish himself as a potent scorer in his short stay at the club. With Guardiola in charge of City this season, the task to dislodge Aguero from the team became tougher for the 2012-13 Eredivise footballer of the year.
Bony was previously targeted by Everton that involved a swap deal with John Stones. The defender consequently completed his record transfer to Manchester City while no deal for Bony was finalised.
The striker will now hope to have regular first team football and prove his worth in the Premier League.
Stoke City, add Bony to the frontline which already has the likes of Bojan Krkic, Peter Crouch, Joselu, and Diouf.