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Swansea agree to sell Wilfried Bony to Manchester City


Swansea City’s Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony looks on during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England, on December 29, 2014. Liverpool won the game 4-1. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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In the biggest deal of the transfer window so far, Swansea City has agreed to sell Wilfried Bony to Manchester City.

Bony leads Swansea City in goals and currently sits fifth in the Premier League with nine tallies on the season.

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The deal is worth nearly $45 million, a record transfer for the Swans.

Currently away on national team duty for the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations, Bony will become the important fourth striker Manuel Pellegrini was looking for.

The injuries were part of the decision, because we had too many. It’s normal strikers are injured more than other players especially here in England where you need strong footballers and it’s physical football. That’s why I said last year, and this year also, we need a fourth striker.

If that striker will help, we are going to be a strong squad with him. It’s very important for all players to have competition because they have their best performance when they have important competition.”

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Bony is a pure striker, one of the strongest in the Premier League who rarely misses from inside the box. He has worked brilliantly off of Gylfi Sigurdsson at Swansea this season, and now paired with the likes of Samir Nasri and David Silva, the Ivorian will be keen to do the same at City.

With injuries to Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic, City have been forced to play without a true striker over recent weeks. With the arrival of Bony in late January and the return of their other strikers from injury, the defending champions could have found the final piece to take over the top spot from Chelsea.