Carlo Ancelotti has the powerful midfielder in his sights.
Real Madrid are monitoring the situation of Yaya Toure at Manchester City, report the Mirror, ahead of a potential January swoop for a player who had seemed unsettled at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the summer.
Toure had claimed to have been disrespected when the club failed to wish him a happy birthday sufficiently at the start of the summer, although the Ivory Coast international seems to have settled his differences with the City hierarchy since and has been involved in the club’s start to the season, which stuttered when they were beaten 1-0 at home against Stoke City last weekend.
The report suggests that a sense of frustration is growing in Madrid, following the sales of key players Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso this summer having been exacerbated by a 4-2 defeat against Real Sociedad in San Sebastian, which could lead Real into making an eye-catching signing in the January transfer window.
Toure would certainly fit the bill in a marketing sense, as perhaps the most recognisable African footballer and a former Barcelona superstar, whilst he would also add experience and muscle to the one area of the pitch where Real, if not lacking in talent, do appear to be a little bit lightweight, which could cost them in the race against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title.