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Barca midfielder nears Emirates switch

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Yaya Toure is set to leave Barcelona, with Arsenal as his probable destination in a possible swap deal with Cesc Fabregas.

Toure has been linked with the Gunners recently and the Catalans are reportedly set to offer him plus £50 million for skipper Fabregas.

Toure’s agent has now put the wheels in motion on Toure’s departure by claiming financial implications have reduced his first team appearances this season.

Dimitri Seljuk said: “The player has a 90 per cent chance of leaving Barcelona this summer.

“Unfortunately, this season, Toure has not played what he would have liked. I think that this is due to a clause in his contract renewal. He has a major financial bonus if he plays more than 60 per cent of official matches of the season,” Sejuk added.

Arsene Wenger is looking for reinforcements to help his side finally mount a serious and lasting title challenge to Chelsea and Manchester United and Seljuk believes Toure would fit the bill.

He said: “Toure is the best player in the world in his position. He is happy in Barcelona but I think most clubs in Europe are interested in the services of Yaya Toure.”

Despite a host of top clubs chasing the Ivory Coast international, Arsenal would be the sensible choice as brother Kolo is a former captain at the Emirates.

Seljuk confirmed they are interested, saying: “In any case, Arsenal are interested in him and I think we can do something with the club of Arsene Wenger."

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