European giants line up to offer their hand to sign baby Toure
Yaya Toure, who is reportedly paid more than £200,000-a-week at Manchester City, has strongly hinted that he may be on the move this summer, after backing his agent Dimitri Seluk’s rant that he is unhappy.
The Ivorian recently turned 31, but Seluk claimed the club did not wish Toure ‘happy birthday’ in the right manner.
“He got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos’ birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti. None of them shook his hand on his birthday,” the agent said. “It shows they don’t care about him. If they don’t respect him then, easy, Yaya will leave.”
Toure then added later on Twitter: “Everything Dimitri said is true. He speaks for me. I will explain after the World Cup.”
With that all in mind, Coral writers provide a list of possible suitors who would gladly offer the midfielder a hand shake to sign him, and give him a slice of what he wants.
Barcelona – 4/1 to be Toure’s club after the summer transfer window
The La Liga runners-up are arguably on a down slide, after being so successful over the last few years, but what better way to try and halt that descent by bringing back their former star?
Toure played at the Nou Camp for three seasons but was largely overshadowed by their homegrown players such as Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Xavi in the middle of the park. However, with the latter past his peak and Cesc Fabregas possibly on his way out, the return of the Ivorian would be a wise move for new boss Luis Enrique.
PSG – 5/1
Toure has played in France before, with Monaco (12/1) during the 2006/07 season, but, with the league more prestigious and the Parisians more than able to meet Toure’s current wage demands, a move back to the country is more than possible.
While Monaco and PSG would both offer plenty of money, the latter continue to rise in particular, having just defended their Ligue 1 title and got to the Champions League quarter-finals this season. The acquisition of Toure would be another giant boost for them.
Real Madrid – 12/1
A move to Real would not be popular due to his past Barca connections, but he also wouldn’t be the first high-profile person to play for both clubs.
Real could be double winners this season, after triumphing in the Copa del Rey and face a Champions League final with neighbours Atletico Madrid. Bolstering Toure to a team already containing Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale would be devastating for opposition.
Bayern Munich – 16/1
Current Bayern boss Pep Guardiola used Toure sparingly and out of position during their spell together at Barca, and eventually shipped him out to Man City in 2010.
Whether this could hinder a move to the Bundesliga champions remains to be seen but, with Toure already complaining about not being appreciated at City, this may be a no-go. The player’s stock has remarkably risen since leaving Barca, however, so Guardiola may be tempted to give him another try.
Other clubs in the hunt for Toure include former side Monaco (12/1), Chelsea (25/1) and Italian giants Juventus (33/1) and Inter Milan (40/1). He is odds-on at 1/5, meanwhile, to stay with Man City.