Bony’s Swansea Return Sets Up Llorente’s Tottenham Surprise

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Swansea City were in the thick of the Deadline Day action with the last-gasp signing of Wilfried Bony, 28, from Manchester City, allowing Tottenham to make the surprise capture of Fernando Llorente, 32.

The Spaniard was expected to make the journey down the M4 to London but to end at Stamford Bridge. However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy began negotiations with the Swans yesterday and early this afternoon concluded the £15m deal taking Llorente to Wembley.

It hinged on Swansea signing a replacement and their target was old boy, Wilfried Bony. Manchester City were open to selling the player they signed two and a half years ago, letting the Ivory Coast international leave for £12m, less than half what they paid the Welsh club, the Daily Mail reports.

Things got tense when the clubs realised they were pushing the 11pm deadline with paperwork to be filed and the player’s medical to be undertaken this evening. Swansea broke the news that everything was in order with a social media post:

Such was the success of his first spell with Swansea, fans are expecting an immediate return from their conquering hero. After an unsuccessful loan spell at Stoke, Bony will be happy to find the back of the net!