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Man City’s £30m striker raid stalling

Manchester City’s move for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony is in the balance with the clubs struggling to settle on a fee, according to reports from ESPN.

The Sky Blues have made the Ivorian forward their top January target, with talks between the Premier League rivals having been on-going for the past few days.

But, with Swansea holding out for £30m for their man, the deal has hit a snag.

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City are desperate to get Bony in to boost their title charge, but Financial Fair Play punishment lobbied by UEFA limits them to a net spend of £49m this financial year.

While more than transfers alone are factored into this, the defending champions have already splashed £40m on Eliaquim Mangala, £12m on Fernando and a further £4.4m on Willy Caballero – albeit some of this has been recouped by the sales of Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell.

As a result, City are keen to get a deal done on their terms, which has frustrated Swansea – who are in no desperate hurry to sell the Premier League’s top scorer in 2014 the 26-year-old netted 20 goals.

Personal terms are expected to be a formality between the marksman and the club.

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