Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has fueled speculation that Yaya Toure could be on his way to Italy by claiming the Manchester City midfielder wants to test himself in Serie A.
Since taking charge of Inter for a second time earlier this season, Mancini has regularly been linked with a move for a player he signed during his time at the Etihad, and his latest comments suggest Toure could be keen on a deal.
According to The Guardian, Mancini claims Toure is ready to call time on his Premier League career and is ready to take on a new challenge in Italy.
During his trophy-laden career 31-year-old Toure has picked up silverware in his native Ivory Coast, Greece, Spain and of course England while also spending time in Belgium, Ukraine and France.
Now Mancini, who's convinced his former talisman wants to try his hand at yet another league, is keen on bringing Toure to Italy.
The former City boss said: "Yaya Touré? He’s played in almost every league except for Germany and Italy.
"If, as seems to be the case, he wants to try Serie A we’ll look into the possibility [of signing him] but it won’t be easy."
Will City sell?
Mancini's right - convincing City to allow one of their star men to leave won't be easy, meaning Inter may have to find a lot of cash before we see Toure in the famous blue and black stripes.
With his current deal not due to expire until the summer of 2017, City will be in no rush to cash in on a man who has played such a huge role in turning the club into a genuine force at the top of the Premier League.
However, Toure's desire to stay at the club may not be quite as strong, and only last year the Ivorian was said to be considering leaving the Etihad after the club's hierarchy failed to present him with a birthday cake.
Given Inter's recent slump down the Serie A table, the club haven't finished in the top four since 2011, you'd expect them to struggle to attract a player of Toure's standing.
However, the presence of Mancini could make all the difference for the Nerazzurrias they attempt to regain their spot at the top of Italian football.
The duo enjoyed a successful spell together at City, helping the club to their first ever Premier League crown, and Mancini believes the midfielder is one of the best players he's worked with, saying: "He’s a player with incredible technical ability. I’ve not come across many like him.”
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