Swansea City have completed the club-record transfer of striker Wilfried Bony to Manchester City.
Following discussions with the defending Barclays Premier League champions, the Swans this afternoon completed an undisclosed deal for the Ivorian.
Bony is currently away on African Cup of Nations duty with his country, but will join up with his new club on a four-and-a-half-year contract once the Ivory Coast’s involvement in the tournament comes to an end.
The 26-year-old, who became the Swans’ most expensive signing after arriving from Vitesse Arnhem in July 2013 for around £12m, proved a massive hit at the Liberty, scoring 25 goals from 48 appearances in all competitions during a superb first season in SA1.
His scoring antics earned him four awards at the club’s end-of-season function – Players Player; Supporters' Player and Best Newcomer of the Year along with the Top Goalscorer accolade.
His performances with the Swans saw him included in the Ivory Coast’s World Cup squad, with Bony scoring twice in three appearances as they exited at the group stage.
Bony has continued to set the Premier League alight this season, scoring nine goals in 20 top-flight appearances.
And his form in front of goal was highlighted even further as he was the Premier League’s top scorer in 2014 with 20 goals – finishing two goals above Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
Everyone at Swansea City would like to thank Wilfried for his superb service to the club, and wish him well for the future.