Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has confirmed that the club are closing in on signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.
The Ivorian has suffered a turbulent two years at the Etihad Stadium, but it finally looks to be ending as he prepares to reunite himself with Roberto Mancini. The two worked together in England when Mancini was the manager at City.
It's argued that Toure's form diminished when Mancini left the club and when Manuel Pellegrini took over, but despite not being on the best of form, the Ivorian has still been vital for The Citizens this season.
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City's title-charge all but ended whilst the powerhouse midfielder was away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. During the period, Pellegrini's side failed to win a single game.
Toure's decline in England started last Summer when the club forgot about his birthday. Toure was seemingly angry about the missed milestone and his agent confirmed that he wanted to quit the club.
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However, weeks later, the midfielder revealed his desire to stay put in England and put any rumours about his future to bed.
A year on however and Toure is now seemingly ready to leave the club and start a fresh career elsewhere. Earlier this season it was reported that Toure is 90% certain he will leave City at the end of the season and it now looks like a move to Inter Milan is on the cards.
Zanetti Opens Up
Ex-player and now vice-president, Zanetti revealed in an interview that the club are close to agreeing a deal with the Premier League outfit and with Toure himself.
Zanetti told Gazzetta dello Sport: "We are at the stage where we hope we can complete it. Yaya would give us that leap in quality."
The only potential stumbling block left to get over is Toure's wage. The Ivorian is currently on a whopping £220k-a-week at City, which is something Inter Milan cannot afford to match.
However, according to reports, the midfielder is prepared to take a pay-cut in order to reunite with Mancini.
As well as Toure, it looks like Inter could be close to resigning Thiago Motta from Paris Saint-Germain.
When asked about the midfielder, Zanetti said: "If Motta were to arrive, he could give so much.
"He knows the club, he has experience, quality and is one of the strongest midfielders that I have ever played with. He is very intelligent. To bring players like them would give us that leap in quality."