Wilfried Bony has returned to Swansea after a fee of £12million was agreed with Manchester City.
City’s hopes of saving on Bony’s £120,000-a-week wages looked doomed when the forward refused to take a pay-cut.
But the deal was been resurrected after City slashed £1m off their valuation – and Swansea will now use that saving to bump up their wage offer to the 28-year-old.
City are desperate to recoup at least some of the £28m they paid Swansea for Bony in January 2015.
The striker endured a miserable season on loan at Stoke last year and has turned down moves to the Chinese Super League to stay in England.
City also believe that Eliaquim Mangala will agree to a £22m switch to Crystal Palace after telling the £42million that they do not want to sanction a loan to Inter Milan.
But the club’s hopes of selling Fabian Delph to Stoke are fading after the midfielder said he wants to fight for a place in Pep Guardiola’s side.