Yaya Toure's future has been perhaps one of the most surprising transfer sagas of the past few weeks.
Firstly, the player's agent spoke out about his client's discontent that Yaya had not received a birthday cake on his birthday nor a handshake from the club's officials, only for videos to be shown online of City doing both of the acts complained of.
Toure has further spoken out about his anger that the club supposedly refused him the opportunity to attend to his dying brother, instead forcing the player to attend a celebratory match against Al-Ain in Abu Dhabi.
All of this follows Toure's desire to play for Paris Saint-Germain, a comment which upset more than just a couple of City fans. It is therefore clear that Toure wants to leave the club he has won no fewer than 5 trophies with to move onto pastures new, but the question remains as to whether City would be willing to sell one of their prized assets.
As a player, Toure is commonly regarded as the most complete midfielder, with his powerful running complemented by strong passing, shooting and tackling displays.
Toure is already written into the Etihad's cult law, scoring the goal that won the club their first major trophy in 35 years. It is no surprise that Toure is a fan favourite at the club, especially following his impressive displays over the past few seasons, with his showings in the 2013/2014 season perhaps unfortunate not to receive an accolade of some sorts.
Toure contributes to the team in numerous ways, with his electrifying breaks from midfield effective against all types of opposition, which has helped Toure score 38 goals for the Manchester club and contribute numerous assists, and made him a pivotal cog in the City blueprint.
Yaya's contributions are not however limited to the pitch. As a player, Toure is an influence in the dressing room and the sale of the Ivorian would be a huge loss to not only the squad, but the club as a whole.
However, despite Toure's contribution to the first team, the midfielder is ageing having recently celebrated his 31st birthday.
City may therefore want to look to the future, a plan the corporate giants Txiki berigistain and Ferran Sorriano are eager to implement.
The near completion of the signing of Fernando Roges from FC Porto and the club's interest in Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba suggest that City are already looking for the talisman's successor. Academy prospects Seko Fofana and Emyr Huws, the earlier who is referred to as the clubs next Yaya, further show how City may be more than prepared to let the player leave if his heart lies elsewhere.
Yaya's market value?
Selling Toure would generate a transfer fee of around £20-30 million and wipe over £200,000 a week off the club's wage bill which would help the club comply with UEFAs FFP regulations, and allow the club to invest in a squad of talented players. After all, football is a team game and not about the individuals.
Toure is undisputedly one of the worlds best players and has a major influence on the current Manchester City team. However despite his talents, an ageing midfielder who does not want to play for the club may be dispensable, especially as City have the funds to sign a talented youngster as his replacement. City may therefore choose to sell the Ivorian this summer or hold on to one of their key players, yet the jury is still out as to whether this would be a wise move or not.
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