Despite claims from Turkey that an ‘agreement in principle’ had been reached with Fenerbahce for Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony is close, reports in France suggest a move to Turkey isn’t exactly the player’s first choice.
Flopping quite impressively while on loan at Stoke City, the Ivory Coast international has been looking for a way out from the Etihad, where Pep Guardiola wants nothing to do with him.
According to La Provence in France, out of all the clubs that have come forward for him, Marseille would be his preferred destination.
Were he to sign, the forward’s role would be to replace Bafétimbi Gomis, who signed for Galatasaray instead of making his loan move from Swansea at the Ligue 1 club permanent, and with similar physiques and ability to find the back of the net (when in form), it does make sense on paper.
The French newspaper explain Bony has already said no to Lille, and despite the interest from the aforementioned Turkish side, it’s the south of France that attracts him the most.
Despite Olivier Giroud remaining the number one target for Marseille, the Arsenal striker’s reluctance to return to France could push the Ligue 1 side to turn to Bony, as Carlos Bacca, another alternative, is a bit too pricey (€20m) for a 31-year-old.