Yaya Toure hopes to reunite with his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi - at Manchester City.

The Ivory Coast international, who played alongside Messi at the Camp Nou between 2007 and 2010, dreams of teaming up with arguably the world's best player once more.

“If it’s to come to City, I hope Messi can leave Barca,” Toure was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

When asked whether City should splash out a world-record fee for the 26-year-old four-time Ballon d'Or winner, the powerful midfielder added: “Yes, he should come to City. Then we’ll definitely play together! City should buy him!”

Toure's comments come just weeks after Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta revealed that Messi has enquired about life at the Etihad Stadium.

“He asked me a lot about City,” Zabaleta said. “It’s something we often talk about.”

City are one of the few clubs in world football who could afford not only the £100m+ fee to sign Messi, but also his astronomical wages.

Recent reports claim that not all is well between Messi and Barcelona at present, while rumours have intensified after the Argentina international publicly criticised vice-president Javier Faus last week.

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