Swans complete Wilfried Bony transfer

31st August
First team

Swansea City are delighted to announce that Wilfried Bony has rejoined the club from Manchester City, subject to international clearance.

Bony has signed a two-year deal, with the option of a third, at the Liberty Stadium after the Swans paid an undisclosed fee for the Ivory Coast international.

Bony, who has opted for squad number two, returns to South Wales just over two-and-a-half years after he left the Swans for City in a deal worth up to £28 million.

He was a huge fans’ favourite during his first spell as a Swan, when he established himself as one of the Premier League’s leading frontmen.

Bony originally signed for the Swans from Vitesse Arnhem, where he had an exceptional goalscoring record, in a club-record deal in the summer of 2013.

He netted 34 goals in 70 appearances – only 56 of which were starts – and became a focal point of the Swans side.

His impact in SA1 attracted the interest of City, who paid what was then the highest transfer fee the Swans had ever received to land Bony in January 2015.

However, he faced a battle for game-time at the Etihad Stadium because of the presence of Sergio Aguero.

He scored 10 goals in 18 months at City before joining Stoke on a season-long loan last August.

His time in the Potteries was a disappointment, with Bony’s only goals coming against the Swans.

But the Swans hope a return to the club where Bony spent arguably the best spell of his career will see the 28-year-old rediscover his best form.