Steve Lomas has told talkSPORT that the signing of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City could be an inspired piece of business by Manchester City.
Manuel Pellegrini’s reigning Premier League champions have invested heavily again, with the BBC reporting that the Bony deal could cost them as much as £28 million.
They will, however, consider that to be money well spent.
Bony has been a regular source of goals throughout his time in British football, setting a top-flight best return for the calendar year of 2014.
It is that ability in the final third which Lomas believes City will benefit from at home and abroad, with it possible that they now possess the required strength in depth to challenge for Champions League honours.
The former City midfielder told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast show: “Bony is a fantastic signing.
“I think they gambled a bit when they let [Alvaro] Negredo go at the start of the season but I think they looked at the [Sergio] Aguero injury situation and [Edin] Dzeko hasn’t really produced the type of form he found last year when he stepped in for Aguero.
“When Sergio is out, I think they have realised they need a ready-made replacement and Wilfried Bony has scored in this league and I think he has a hunger about him. He wants to win trophies and I think it is an excellent signing.
“With the squad of players they have at City, there is no reason why Manchester City can’t win the Champions League.”
City will have to wait before unleashing their new signing on domestic and continental rivals, with Bony away with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.
They have, however, acquired a player with power, pace and a keen eye for goal.
He is expected to revel in his new surroundings, with the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas set to provide the ammunition for a deadly finisher.