Belgium's Romelu Lukaku misses a chance to score
Manchester City are paying close attention to Romelu Lukaku's future at Everton, even though they have no intent of signing him themselves.
But the kicker is that City will only do this if Lukaku is sold; and in this event they would hope that Bony would be an ideal replacement for him.
Manchester City's Wilfried Bony in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama
Bony has struggled to make an impact at City and faces a battle to prove his worth to new boss Pep Guardiola.
Where Lukaku will end up remains uncertain, after Chelsea moved to sign Michy Batshuayi instead.
The Sun's report suggests Manchester United as a destination, but Lukaku famously fell out with new Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho while at Chelsea, so this may be unlikely.
Their best best could be offloading him abroad, but the Belgian has done little so far at Euro 2016 to justify his inflated price tag.
Wilfried Bony is an intriguing option for the Toffees. He was prolific at Swansea City, but like many good players who have moved to the Etihad he has found the lack of regular playing time at Manchester City has seen his star fade.
John Stones' future at Everton remains unclear, but City's latest strategy shows they realise that cash alone may not tempt the financially sound Toffees to sell, and that they are trying to find other ways to tempt them.
Swansea's Wilfried Bony and Aston Villa's Nathan Baker in action