United linked with Barca midfielder

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Manchester United are once again linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure.

The Ivorian international is widely expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer, with Manchester United battling Premier League rivals Manchester City and Arsenal for his signature.

Toure first came to prominence after moving to Belgian side Beveren as a teenager. Two years later he switched to Metalurh Donetsk in the Ukraine, before Olympiakos signed the player dubbed 'the new Patrick Vieira'.

Ligue 1 side Monaco then added Toure to their ranks, before La Liga giants Barca splashed out €9 million on the powerful midfielder. He made his debut in August 2007 for the Nou Camp club, and has since appeared 75 times in the Spanish top flight.

The versatile 27-year-old became out-of-favour at the end of the last campaign, and the player's agent now claims that his client is on the verge of a move to England.

"It's a matter of days, I've received several offers, some we are now considering,” Dimitri Seluk told El Mundo Deportivo.

A £17 million fee will be needed to bring Toure to Old Trafford, although Roberto Mancini is understood to be keen to have his say on the future of this potential World Cup star.

Arsene Wenger has also tracked Kolo Toure's brother for several years, and the three could go head-to-head this summer now the transfer window has re-opened.

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