Yaya Toure could kick-start a new era at Inter Milan if the Ivorian decides to leave Manchester City this summer.
The 31-year-old is reportedly being eyed by Roberto Mancini to bolster the Serie A side’s squad ahead of next season, as they look to transform their fortunes after struggling ever since Jose Mourinho’s departure in 2010.
Juventus have dominated Italian football in recent times and are currently on course to win a fourth consecutive league title, but could face a sterner challenge next season if Toure opts for a new challenge at the San Siro.
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It will take quite an offer to convince the Ivory Coast international to leave City, but after winning the Premier League twice and firing them to FA Cup glory in 2011 he could be tempted by a move away.
His relationship with Mancini could also be the factor that sways him towards a move to Inter, having worked under the Italian for four seasons whilst the pair were together at the Etihad Stadium.
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Mancini delivered him a first league title in English football in 2012, whilst Pellegrini’s stewardship guided them towards a second last season but the Chilean may now be axed after a difficult campaign this time around in a move that could lead to a mass exodus of big-name stars.
May will mark five years since Inter last won a league title, but after bringing Xherdan Shaqiri, Lukas Podolski and Davide Santon to the club back in January are keen to mount a title challenge next season by any means necessary.
So terrible has Inter’s malaise been it seems hard to believe that not too long ago they were champions of Europe, beating Louis Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 2010.
The side that started that match at the Santiago Bernabeu consisted of experienced players with plenty of appetite for the big games, but the current crop look overwhelmed when wearing the famous blue and black stripes of one of Italy’s biggest clubs.
Toure is not the only City player to be linked with a move to the San Siro, with James Milner another who Mancini is eager to sign up.
City want the Englishman to stay but he reportedly has doubts over how much game time he will be afforded given he is now entering the twilight years of his career. Liverpool are interested with Steven Gerrard on his way to LA Galaxy, but the lure of working with Mancini again could swing the pendulum Inter’s way.