Manchester United will have to forget about an audacious bid for Yaya Toure because Manchester City are not even going to begin to consider selling him this summer, despite reports he wants to leave.
Earlier this week Le Parisien claimed the Old Trafford club were sizing up an audacious move for the Ivory Coast international, after several reports claiming he was unhappy at Etihad Stadium after a number of incidents with the club’s officials.
Manchester United signing Manchester City’s best player in the summer after David Moyes could only get them to seventh in the Premier League (getting sacked in the process) and Manuel Pellegrini’s side lifted the trophy would probably not have gone down too well among Blues fans.
However, City supporters have been reassured they will not seen their most influential player leave for their rivals this summer, as the Mirror are reporting that he will not be allowed to leave anywhere.
Too many grudges
"He has accumulated too many grudges against [Manchester City's] leaders and he will not stay with them. He will do everything to ensure his departure this summer."
Those words are quoted in the report as coming from an unnamed international teammate of Toure and the “grudges” being referred to are thought to be two issues in particular that arose in the aftermath of Manchester City’s Premier League triumph.
One was a bizarre claim by the 31-year-old’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, that the club’s Abu Dhabi owners did not show him enough respect on his last birthday when the squad flew out to the United Arab Emirates to celebrate their title triumph.
"None of them shook his hand on his birthday. It's really sick," Seluk said at the time.
However, things took a more serious turn when Toure claimed he was not allowed leave to visit his dying brother when Pellegrini’s men made that celebratory rip to Dubai. 28-year-old Ibrahim had cancer and died in Manchester last month.
“City did not want to give me a few days. I went to celebrate in the wake of the league title in Abu Dhabi, while my brother was dying in his bed,” he told reporters while at the World Cup in Brazil with the Ivory Coast.
"In retrospect, I regret not having insisted. For not making them respect me. However, my employers knew that I was suffering for a few months seeing my brother's health decline."
It is incredible to think Toure was able to even focus on football at all, never mind perform at such a high level, while going through such a traumatic experience. Manchester City have yet to respond publicly to Toure’s comments, but it is clear that the former Barcelona man is not exactly happy at the Etihad Stadium.
Transfer on the cards?
While Manchester United were mentioned as possible suitors for him, it is hard to imagine their fierce local rivals ever agreeing to such a deal and a move to elsewhere in Europe is more likely if a transfer is to take place.
Toure admitted earlier this year that a move to Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain in the future would be “an honour” for him. As the Mirror report points out, PSG are probably the only club willing to put up the money to buy him and be able to improve the whopping £220,000-a-week salary that he currently has at Manchester City.