Manchester United are weighing up a shock move for Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, with the Ivory Coast international keen to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer. The 31-year-old is reportedly upset that he was forced to travel to Abu Dhabi with the rest of the City squad following the conclusion of the 2013/14 campaign after being denied permission to spend time with his brother, who tragically passed away at the age of 28 last month.
Toure has no desire to continue with Man City
As far as Toure is concerned, his relationship with Manchester City is irreparable. However if City decide to sell their prized asset, who scored a remarkable 24 goals from midfield last season, they will naturally demand a huge transfer fee. The reigning Premier League are under no obligation to sell, with the player contracted to the Etihad Stadium until 2017, but may see this as the perfect opportunity to cash-in before launching a bid for Juventus star Paul Pogba.
Toure arrived at Manchester City from Barcelona in 2010 and has been integral to their recent success. The talismanic midfielder has helped the Citizens win two Premier League titles, a League Cup and an FA Cup during his four years in England.
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Other options for Yaya Toure
Back in May, Toure opened the door to a potential move to oil-rich Paris Saint-Germain, who secured their second consecutive Ligue 1 title at the end of last season.
"Considering the objectives in Paris, how could you not be attracted by such a club?” he was quoted as telling France Football. "PSG has become one (of the) strongholds in Europe. It would be an honour to be part of such a club one day. If I could help..."
Meanwhile, in the same month, Toure revealed his desire to end his career at former club, Barcelona.
“Yes, I have talked before about ending my career at Barcelona - but we don't know because football is moving fast and you never know about tomorrow,” the three-time African Footballer of the Year told beIN SPORTS. “Because of the brilliant season Manchester City have had, everybody is talking about me and everything is open and we don't know tomorrow.”
Could Manchester United really sign Toure?
The idea of Manchester United offering a staggering amount of money to sign Toure - and City agreeing to the sale - seems too far fetched to comprehend. But, then again, few would have expected Carlos Tevez to join the Citizens, admittedly in slightly different circumstances, back in the summer of 2009.
There’s no doubt that Toure would significantly strengthen the Red Devils, who are set to enjoy a much better campaign with Louis van Gaal in place of David Moyes. The veteran Dutch coach still has plenty of money to spend, despite shelling out close to £60 million on the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.
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