Manchester City lead race to sign £30m Liverpool target

Manchester City have made an enquiry over Swansea star Wilfried Bony’s availability, according to the Telegraph.

The Premier League champions are expected to need almost £50million in transfer fee and wages to sign the Ivory Coast international, who has been a long-term target for Liverpool and now an interest for Chelsea.

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Bony had a buy-out clause of £19million in his previous Swans contract, however after signing a new deal in April it has been removed therefore allowing the Welsh side to name their price.

City’s football of director Txiki Begiristain was in the stands watching the 26-year-old when he led the Swansea line against Liverpool on Monday, fuelling rumours of a potential exit.

The Manchester club are in dire need of a striker with Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic, and Edin Dzeko all struggling with injuries, and Bony has become the Citizens’ top target.

“I never close the possibility of any business in the transfer window if we can do anything to give us an advantage,” said Pellegrini. “If all the teams can do it, we can do it also.

“We will analyse what we are going to do. There were a lot of decisions why we loaned Álvaro Negredo to Valencia, one of them being that he was injured and couldn’t play until the middle of November. That left us only six weeks before the window opened.

“In January we will see if we need to replace him or not. Now we are in that moment we are going to make the best decision for the club.”

Bony has scored 33 goals in 69 appearances since his transfer from Vitesse in the summer of 2013.