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Arsenal in pole position to land Barca star

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Arsenal have been given the green light to move for Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure by the player's agent.

Arsene Wenger has been linked with the Ivorian midfielder for several years, and now the Arsenal boss is thought to have the financial power to move this summer.

With Barca also reportedly after Cesc Fabregas, the possibility of a player-plus-cash move has also been mooted by the British media, with the Gunners set to earn from any possible deal involving the young Spaniard.

Toure moved from the Ivory Coast to Belgian side Beveren in 2001, and two years later he moved to Ukranian side Metalurh Donetsk.

The powerful midfielders big break came in 2005 when he signed for Olympiakos, earning the nickname 'the new Patrick Vieira' during his season at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

A move to French club AS Monaco followed the next year, and afrer an impressive season in Ligue 1 Toure moved to Spanish giants Barcelona for €9 million in 2007.

After a steady start at the Nou Camp, Toure began to feature heavily at the end of the 2008/2009 campaign. He has gone on to feature 33 times this season, scoring once and providing four assists.

The Ivorian's agent, Dimitri Seluk, told The People that the Emirates was his player's number one destination were he to leave Catalonia, opening the door to Wenger if he wants to make his move when the window opens in June.

"Yaya is happy at Barcelona and will only leave for a big project at a big club," said Seluk.

"But in England there are sides with great prestige and that could be decisive. Arsene Wenger knows Yaya, and I am convinced he could be a success with Arsenal."

The north London club are keen to strengthen in the summer as they look to bring some silverware to the Emirates, and Frenchman Wenger could see Toure as one of the missing parts to a potential title winning side.

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