When Marseille recently held talks with Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony over a potential move to the Orange Vélodrome, it was with the thinking that 28-year-old was a back-up plan if ‘Plan A’ options didn’t pan out.
The Ligue 1 club still hope to sign one of their priority targets, those being Olivier Giroud of Arsenal or AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, but as La Provence reports today, deals for either of the two are looking more and more complicated due to their costs.
That could lead Marseille back to Bony, who it is reported is keen on a move to Rudi García’s side. The local Marseille newspaper claims that the Ivorian forward is also coveted by Turkish giants Fenerbahce and has already snubbed the chance of moving to Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille, but his priority of the three options would be Marseille.
There is also interest from China in Bony and while his preference would be a stay in the Premier League, the best chance of that happening is if clubs miss out on their first-choice targets.
For now, Bony remains a Manchester City player and in official club videos this week, he seems to have a friendly relationship with Pep Guardiola, but the City coach has no plans to use a striker who doesn’t really fit his footballing philosophy.