Manchester City have rejected an opening bid of £10million from Swansea City for striker Wilfried Bony, Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror reports.
Even though the 28-year-old Ivorian has no future at the Etihad Stadium, City consider Swansea’s bid too low as they look to recoup as much of the £25million (rising to £28million) that they handed the Welsh club in January 2015.
And City bosses have told Swansea to come back with a £13million offer, knowing that they will be in need of firepower and will have plenty of money to spend when, as expected, Gylfi Sigurdsson completes a near £50million move to Everton.
There is also interest from Chinese clubs and Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas in Bony, while Marseille have also shortlisted him as an option, but the player has always favoured a stay in the Premier League and Swansea hold a place in his heart.
If Swansea are willing to accept City’s demands for an extra £3million, then it will only be a matter of time until Bony returns to South Wales, ending an unhappy two-and-a-half year spell in Manchester.