Manchester City have managed to sustain their challenge at the top of the Premiership despite going through much of December without a recognized striker. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko have been side-lined through injury are have only just returned to the squad.
The reigning champions have invested £28million in Wilfried Bony from Swansea, presumably in an attempt to make sure that they are not left facing a similar shortage of strikers in the second half of the season.
26-year-old Bony is currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast for the start of the African Nations Cup and may not make his first start for City until mid-February. Bony has signed a four-and-a-half year deal and will also be available for Manchester City in the Champions League. City face Barcelona in the last 16 with the first leg scheduled for February 24th.
He was signed by Swansea for £12m from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 and went on to score 34 goals in 70 games for the Swans. He was the top scorer in the Premier League last year with 20 goals and is looking forward to teaming up with International colleague Yaya Toure.
City coach Manuel Pellegrini, who also has Stevan Jovetic on his books, is delighted to add Bony to his attacking options as they continue to chase early leaders Chelsea in the title race. Two goals from Bony gave City a scare on New Year?s Day last year before emerging 3-2 winners and he has gone on to become one of the most sought after strikers in the Premiership.
Bony is now the most expensive African footballer in history after topping the £25m that Arsenal paid for Emmanuel Adebayor in 2009. He is seen as a belated replacement for Alvaro Negredo who surprisingly left the club in the summer as City attempted to conform to the new Financial Fair Play rules. They were punished with further restrictions after failing to meet the guidelines last season and their outlay cannot exceed £50m across the summer and January transfer windows.
So far, the only players departing the Etihad in January have been Matija Nastasic and Sinan Bytyqi, both on loan. Nastasic has joined Schalke on loan until June when the German club have the option to make the move permanent. The Bundesliga resumes at the end of the month and the defender could make his debut against Hannover. Bytyqi has joined Dutch side SC Cambuur on loan for the rest of the season.