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Lille open talks with Manchester City over deal to sign £25million striker

Ligue 1 side Lille have opened talks with Manchester City to discuss a deal for Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony, Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport reports tonight.

The 28-year-old is one of the players made available by Pep Guardiola for sale this summer after he spent an unsuccessful loan spell at Premier League side Stoke City last season.

Turkish duo Fenerbahçe and Besiktas have been credited with an interest in Bony, with City prepared to take a hit on the initial fee of £25million they paid Swansea for him in 2015.

But the player’s future could be in Ligue 1 with Marcelo Bielsa’s LOSC if talks pan out. Details are scarce and it remains to be seen if Lille can finance a permanent deal for Bony, with City insisting on sales of all their unwanted players this summer.

The Independent reports that Lille could face competition from cash-rich Chinese Super League clubs for Bony, although his preference, if an extended stay in England is out of the question, would be to play for the French side.

Bony has been a huge disappointment at City after a prolific stint at Swansea. He scored only 10 goals in 46 appearances for the Blues and despite recent comments suggesting he’d like another chance at City, Guardiola has other plans for his squad.

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