Wilfried Bony is prepared to do what the likes of Carlos Tevez, Oscar and Axel Witsel have been unable to in recent weeks and resist the big money of the Chinese Super League.
The 28-year-old Ivorian is on loan from City to Stoke, but isn’t seeing much game time under Mark Hughes. However, according to an exclusive report by The Sun, the striker wants to fight for his spot and to do so will turn down an incredible offer of £12 million per season – AFTER TAX – to join a Chinese side.
Bony will be absent in January because of Africa Cup of Nations, but hopes to win a place in Stoke’s starting XI when he returns. A clause in his loan deal to Stoke allows him to leave for China this month, but quite admirably he prefers to remain in the Premier League, if this report is true.
Manchester City may not admire his decision as much, with Chinese Super League sides currently paying ridiculous fees to lure big names to the Orient. Selling Bony might have enabled Pep Guardiola to invest in a big signing or two this month, although the Catalan coach is said to be content with his centre-back options for now.
Turkish side Besiktas have also been linked with Bony, but will find themselves disappointed. Next summer, City are certain to find a buyer for the £25 million man, who has been a big disappointment since his arrival from Swansea two years ago.