When it comes to really bad career decisions, Wilfried Bony’s choice to join Man City in 2014 surely has to be up there as Pep Guardiola looks set to now axe him.
The Ivorian international was coming off the back of impressive spells with Vitesse and Swansea City, and in his defence, it was the next step up the ladder as it showed his ambition of wanting to go on and win trophies at a big club.
However, unfortunately for the 28-year-old, it hasn’t worked out as planned as after scoring just six goals in 36 Premier League games in two years for City, he was shipped out on loan to Stoke City last season where he managed just two goals in 10 league games.
It looks as though the magic touch in front of goal may have deserted Bony, but according to The Independent, he could be set to get a chance to rediscover it elsewhere, with Chinese Super League clubs and Lille in a battle for his signature as Guardiola seemingly doesn’t him.
It’s added that there has been interest from a couple of Premier League clubs too, which would be Bony’s preference, but it’s more likely that he’ll be heading out of England in the coming weeks.
Whether or not City’s demands are being a bit optimistic is up for debate too, as after signing the striker for £28m in January 2015, both the club and Guardiola appear to believe they can recoup half of that fee and so will be looking for a CSL club or Lille to splash out £14m.
It may not be too much in the grand scheme of things but it clears up space in the squad, raises additional funds for Guardiola to go out and get his preferred targets and help transform the City squad as the Spanish tactician looks to build one capable of winning silverware.