According to the player’s agent, Wilfried Bony is interested in a move to Turkey this month but they are still waiting for a “formal offer” to be made.
We tend to take a backwards step on here when it comes to transfer-related news. There’s so much speculation and rumours reported on that we feel like we just don’t want to add to that trail but here we do actually have quotes from Bony’s agent.
Not only that, this is also an article looking at Bony’s situation and why we’ve just got to get him off the wage bill (in our view).
It’s been widely regarded – although not confirmed – that Wilfried Bony is still on wages of around £100,000 a week. Now, how much of that is still being effectively paid by Swansea City and not subsidised by Manchester City as part of the deal – Who knows. Are we paying him £100,000 a week? If we are, we could save roughly £2.4m if we get him off our wage bill now rather than waiting until his contract expires at the end of June.
Talking to Turkish radio station Radyospor – Bony’s representative, Taylan Ertac Oran said:
“For now we have not received a formal offer,”
“He’s keen on a move to Turkey but at the moment he’s Swansea’s player. They don’t want a transfer fee.
“We would like to make a deal with a team that would be suitable for Wilfred’s career.
“We will consider the proposals that will come.”
It’s interesting as well that he says that we “don’t want a transfer fee”. We just sound desperate to get him off the wage bill. Swansea City also still haven’t sorted out Luciano Narsingh’s future. Another player on relatively high wages by all accounts that is nearer the top of a list of players that we want off the wage bill. He has wasted his time since the Summer and surely he desperately needs to find a club where he can get regular first-team football to kick-start his career again.
I don’t suppose everyone will agree with this next statement – but I for one hope that ‘formal offer’ comes in. As a Championship club now with further savings required, clearing Wilfried Bony’s mega wage has to be and surely is our priority now.
It wouldn’t be quite as bad if we were getting some value from that huge wage but we’re really not. Unfortunately, it just hasn’t worked out the second time around but the warning signs were there for all to see before his return. Like Clucas and Andre Ayew signings, it’s another that goes down as an awful bit of judgement from chairman Huw Jenkins.
Barely kicking a ball for Stoke City in the Premier League, a very similar spell has followed back here with us for Bony.
If his £100,000 per week wages are true, he's been paid £7.1m in wages since that return in August 2017 which effectively inflates those figures even more.
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