Yaya Toure could save Manchester City millions

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City - Premier League

To be considered among European football's elite teams in 2015, there are certain credentials a team must fulfill.

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich partner domestic dominance with proud European history, while teams such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have seen billionaire owners propel them to the top level.

However, there appears to be one thing all teams must possess in order to be among the elite - an interest in Paul Pogba.


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Manchester City are just one of the many clubs linked with the Juventus man at one stage or another, but the return to form of Yaya Toure could be about to save them somewhere in the region of £100 million.

The new Toure

Pogba's rise from Manchester United outcast to the world's most sought-after central midfielder has been rapid, and it's really no surprise that the Etiahd Stadium is just one of a number of reported destinations for the 22-year-old.

His box-to-box style, natural talent and dominating physique make him the logical replacement for City's aging Ivorian, but Toure's impressive start to the current campaign could, and should, see any interest in Pogba cooled by the Manchester City hierarchy until at least next summer.

Former Barcelona man Toure had a disappointing season by his exceptional standards last time round, but early signs suggest he could rediscover the form that helped City claim a second Premier League title in 2014.

Having scored a stunning goal against West Brom on the opening weekend, Toure put in a strong performance in the subsequent 3-0 victory over Chelsea before producing an inch-perfect pass for Samir Nasri to wrap up a 2-0 win at Everton.

Big spending

Such has been the improvement in his displays, Toure has almost been like a new signing for boss Manuel Pellegrini, who has already spent upwards of £130million trying to improve his squad.

Everton v Manchester City - Premier League

Any move for Pogba could have seen the figure almost doubled, with latest reports suggesting Juve are now holding out for £109m for their prized asset. Of course that figure could be swelled even further should the likes of Chelsea and PSG decide to start a bidding war for a player who is yet to make 100 senior league appearances.

Thankfully for the man who writes the cheques at the Etihad Stadium, City look to have found the dominating midfield presence that they sorely missed last season, and he goes by the name of Yaya Toure.

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