Arsene Wenger hopes to bring former defender back to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger is willing to make an offer of around £6m in order to bring troubled Man City defender Kolo Toure back to the Emirates Stadium.
The Ivory Coast international has found himself surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium following his six month drug ban and may well face further punishment from his club as a result of his original failed doping test. The 30 year old is said to be dismayed at the possibility of further censure as well as his lack of first team opportunities.
Roberto Mancini will have been mightily impressed with the pairing of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott who have helped Man City concede just eight goals in ten Premier League matches. The Italian may well consider offers for Toure and given that Arsenal have sold four players, including the defender, to the Premier League leaders over the past two years then the two sides may well be able to do business.
Arsenal have struggled at the back this season with the North London club letting in 21 goals in ten matches and Wenger would appear to feel the need to bring in reinforcements as they look to secure a Champions League spot at the very least. German international Per Mertesacker was brought in over the summer but with Thomas Vermaelen having injury concerns and Sebastian Squillaci failing to impress a move to bring Toure back would make a great deal of sense.
Whilst Kolo Toure will spend much of January at the African Nations Cup with the Ivory Coast, this may well act as a way to give the determined centre back valuable playing time having not made a Premier League start in nine months.
Toure spent seven years at Arsenal and helped the Gunners to a Premier League title success in 2003/4 and was very much a favourite with the Arsenal supporters.