Roberto Mancini desperate to sign Yaya Toure

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Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has pleaded with the club's sporting director Piero Ausilio to sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure at the end of the season, in an interview with Sky Italia brought to our attention by the Daily Star.

The Ivorian's future is far from certain at the Etihad Stadium and he could be ready to quit the club this Summer after a bizarre time at the club this year.

Toure was infamously ready to leave the club last Summer after they forgot to celebrate his birthday and give him a cake, but after being questioned on those allegations the midfielder blamed his agent for the comments and insisted that he was happy at the champions.

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Time to move on?

However, after a poor season on the pitch from the 31-year-old by his own high standards, it's likely that his time at City is running out, with Manuel Pellegrini already looking for a suitable replacement for the powerhouse.

The Ivory Coast international, who has just been away at the African Cup of Nations, has been strongly linked with a shock move to City's Premier League rivals.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all rather speculatively  been linked with making moves for the AFCON winner, but it's now Inter Milan that are desperate to strike a deal.

Mancini Reunion

Mancini worked with Toure during his time in Manchester and he has joked around in a recent interview claiming he is desperate for the club's Sporting Director to cough up and pay the money.

When asked about Toure, Mancini said: "Yaya Toure? Piero Ausilio [Inter's sporting director] - put your hand in your pocket!

"I had Yaya at Manchester City and I think he is one of the best players in the world.

According to reports, the midfielder is keen on having one more challenge before he eventually chooses to retire, and a reunion with Mancini could persuade him to make the move to Italy.

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