Original source: The Sun
Published by: Goal.com, Mirror, Metro
Also interested: Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Chinese an MLS clubs
Contract until: June 2017
According to The Sun, Manchester City midfield star Yaya Toure is close to leave the club this summer. The Ivory Coast international’s contract expires in 2017 and Pep Guardiola – who is to take over from Manuel Pellegrini – will probably sell Toure again, in order to make room for his own midfielders. The report suggests that European clubs like Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain, along with Chinese and MLS outfits are also monitoring the situation around an experienced powerhouse. Yaya has made 39 appearances for City this season and has had a hand in 15 goals.
- The Ivorian will be 33 before the start of next season, when he enters the final year of his £250,000-a-week contract. Considering Toure’s high salary and age it’s less likely European clubs to make a move for him.
- The Chinese clubs could have an advantage, as they can offer City more than Liverpool. As we saw in January, Chinese clubs are financially very strong at the moment. They have already hijack the Reds move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira, who joined Jiangsu Suning for reported fee of €50m. Should be mentioned that Ladbrokes have a move to China as Toure’s most plausible next destination at 2/1.
- Toure’s agent, Dimitry Seluk demanded a new contract for his player before assuring fans the 32-year-old wouldn’t play for another English club.
- However, has Seluk recently admitted that his client that he could now be tempted to move to one of Europe’s top clubs after not getting the offer of a new deal. Moreover, he criticized incoming manager Guardiola, claiming even his own grandfather would win the Bundesliga and La Liga.
Considering these facts, Gib Football Show concludes that the rumours claiming ‘Clubs on Alert as Pep Decides to Let Man City Fan Favourite Go’ are ‘mostly true’.