Turkish giants Galatasaray have identified Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony as the man to improve their forward line, according to Fotomaç.
27-year-old Bony is not in Pep Guardiola’s plans and expected to leave the Etihad this summer after a disappointing spell since his move from Swansea, and Galatasaray president Dursun Özbek is ‘personally interested’ in signing the Ivorian.
Galatasaray can’t afford City’s asking price for Bony so are looking to strike a loan deal. According to Fotomac, City want a €3 million (£2.5 million) loan fee while Galatasaray are proposing €1 million (£840,000), but despite the difference in valuations, the Turkish outlet believes negotiations will end positively and see the player move to Istanbul.
It should be noted that Turkish media is not always the most reliable, and it remains to be seen if City are truly willing to loan out a player when there could be clubs willing to buy him permanently. The Sun today has an ‘exclusive’ story that claims City would be keen to offer Bony plus £20 million in cash for John Stones, but that would depend on Romelu Lukaku leaving and Everton needing a replacement.
Fotomaç is also reporting today that Besiktas are pressing ahead with plans to sign Aleksandar Kolarov from City, a popular story in the Turkish press.