Wilfried Bony’s days at the Etihad Stadium could be coming to an end after one and a half seasons. The 27-year-old has struggled since his £25 million-plus move from Swansea, scoring only 10 goals in 46 league appearances for the Blues, and his style doesn’t seem well suited to Pep Guardiola’s brand of football.
After being linked with a return to Swansea and also part of a deal with Everton for John Stones, foreign interest has emerged. According to NTV Spor, Turkish giants Galatasaray have contacted Manchester City to discuss a loan deal for the Ivorian striker. This is the second time Bony has been linked with a move to Galatasaray, but this time the news comes from a better source.
Galatasaray has a hugely disappointing 2015-16 season, finishing sixth in the Turkish Süper Lig, an unacceptable position for a club of their stature. With serious financial problems, which led to a two-year European ban for a Financial Fair Play breach, they are looking to improve their squad at a low cost. Signing Bony on a permanent deal would be out of the question this summer, so they are interested in taking him on loan for a year.
Galatasaray sporting director Cenk Ergün has already made contact with City chiefs, according to the Turkish report, about a loan deal with a view to a permanent deal next summer. City’s preference would be for a sale, but if there are no suitable offers, a loan move to Turkey could be on the horizon for Bony.
15:20 UPDATE: The Sun claims that Galatasaray have offered a £3 million loan fee to City, with an option to purchase Bony for £17 million next summer.