Former Man City Wilfried Bony Says He Has Offers From MLS Teams

Wilfried Bony with Swansea in December 2018. Photo by Kieran McManus/BPI/Shutterstock

Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony could swap Premier League for Major League Soccer in 2020. Bony, who previously played with several PL teams including Manchester City, recently told The Athletic that several MLS teams are currently in the run for his services.

Bony spent the past season in Qatar, playing with Al-Ahli on loan from Swansea City. His contract expired in June, and he’s been a free agent since.

“That was a Brazilian club called Porto Alegre,” said Bony. “They just made an offer and now my agent is talking to them. A lot of people are calling. We’ve got people from MLS and from Turkey. You never know where the best offer will come from.”

Bony’s arrival to MLS wouldn’t be unrealistic, especially since teams don’t need to spend transfer fee to get him. However, it remains to be seen whether teams could offer him a wage that he commands. The 31-year-old was reportedly earning around $5 million during his time in Swansea and is likely to command a similar pay from his new club.

Wilfried Bony spent the early part of his career in his native country, before embarking on stints with Sparta Prague and Vitesse in Europe. In 2013 he made a move to Swansea, where he delivered some breakthrough performances, scoring 34 goals in two seasons.

In 2015, Bony made a move to Manchester City in a transfer worth $33 million. His time in Machester, however, wasn’t as productive as everyone expected. He played two seasons with City, scoring just ten goals before returning to Swansea in 2017.